MALDEF Files Objections Against ECISD

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NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The ongoing tug-of-war over a discrimination case between Ector County schools and MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, may soon be settled by a federal judge.

The latest move comes after the Ector County School District filed a motion to have the case dismissed.

A lawyer with MALDEF said it filed objections to counter the district's action.

It's a bit of a chess match, but this case has been going on since 2006, and soon a federal judge will review all of the pieces of evidence from both sides.

That will happen on August 25th.

MALDEF Attorney David Hinojosa claims the school district is keeping some instances of discrimination under wraps.

He says some schools in the district are designed to attract more whites than Hispanics.

"Simply opening doors to equal educational opportunities for all children regardless of race and that's what we want.  We want those access of opportunities to be opened up.  We had a plan to open up those opportunities, but the district simply didn't fulfill its end of the bargain," Hinojosa said.

We're told the school district and MALDEF have had a working relationship since the 80's, but in 2006, MALDEF decided ECISD wasn't keeping up its end of the bargain.

Calls to the district went unanswered on Tuesday.

NewsWest Nine will stay on top of this story and follow all the developments.