Educators Want to Turn Former All-White School Into Charter

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Two educators want to locate charter schools
in the former all-white school in Topeka that led to the Brown versus Board of Education case.

Former principal Sandra Lassiter and education consultant Betty Horton want to acquire the former Sumner School from the city of Topeka.

Sumner School was where the Reverend Oliver Brown tried to enroll his daughter, Linda, in the fall of 1950. He and several other black parents in Topeka sued the district, leading to a lawsuit that ended segregated education.

Lassiter and Horton want to open two charters in Sumner in August 2007. One would be a kindergarten through fifth-grade program, with the other a middle school charter that would eventually move to another site.