When a federal judge ordered the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on Sept. 9 to stop using race as a criteria for student placement, he gave the district less than a year to comply with the landmark ruling. Thirty years of carefully planned desegregation had to be revised in just 11 months, which meant that new boundaries had to be drawn for the district's 140 schools.

Thanks to Charlotte-Mecklenburg's extensive use of technology and a well-planned telecommunications infrastructure, however, the district was able to unveil new school assignments for some 65,000 of its 101,000 students within three months of the ruling—a stunning turnaround time

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