Topeka Seeks New Plan for Sumner School

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The city of Topeka is starting over in trying to find someone to redevelop a former school linked to the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.

The former Sumner Elementary School closed in 1996, and the city eventually bought the building.

A local nonprofit proposed converting Sumner into a charter school and community hub but missed deadlines for lining up the funding.

City Council members directed staff to draft a plan for disposing of the property.

Built in 1935, Sumner was an all-white white elementary school. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a legal challenge from Topeka parents and lawsuits from other states, declaring segregated schools unconstitutional.

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