Federal judge allows school discrimination lawsuit to proceed

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A federal judge has rejected a Pittsburgh Public Schools' request to throw out a discrimination suit brought by a white teacher who says she was unfairly disciplined by black superiors, and the case has been set for trial in the fall.

Katie LaCava, 32, who taught in 2009 and 2010 at the now-closed Northview Accelerated Learning Academy on the North Side, says in her complaint that principal MiChele Holly and assistant principal Deborah Hollis rated her "unsatisfactory" and disciplined her after she complained about the performance of African-American aides at the school.

She said Ms. Holly and Ms. Hollis gave preferential treatment to the black staff.

The school district asked U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab to dismiss the case, but he denied the request Tuesday, saying the two sides agree on almost nothing in the dispute and a jury will have to decide.

The trial is set for Nov. 17.

Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510. First Published July 30, 2014 12:00 AM

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