Paul Beard, an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, which represents the ACRF, was disappointed with the ruling. “The reality is that most of our successes occur on appeal,” Beard said. “I thought we had a pretty good shot in the trial court, but we will take it up on appeal and hopefully get a favorable decision.” Peter W. James, an attorney for the LAUSD, said the judge did the right thing. “I thought the court got it right, and his reasoning follows what we believe we are required to do under the (desegregation) case order,” James said. LAUSD officials have maintained that magnet schools and its busing program both fall within an exemption of Proposition 209. That provision exempts court- ordered desegregation programs in effect when the initiative became law in 1996. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champGutman agreed. “It appears quite clearly and beyond dispute that LAUSD was ordered to employ race and ethnicity to ensure that the magnet schools would in fact be desegregated,” Gutman found. No date was ever set by the 1981 order for desegregation goals to be achieved, Gutman wrote. “It thereby becomes beyond rational argument that the order approving implementation of the desegregation plan still exists and has never been affected by any subsequent ruling,” the ruling says. Gutman had the case under submission since late September. Los Angeles Unified School District administrators do not violate state law by considering the ethnic backgrounds of students when selecting them for admission to magnet schools, according to a ruling this week. The American Civil Rights Foundation sued the district in October 2005, alleging the district policy is unconstitutional and violates Proposition 209, which forbids racial preferences in government hiring and public school admissions. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul Gutman issued a 17-page ruling Monday, upholding the district’s practices. He said it was in line with a 26-year-old court order to desegregate the school district. As part of that order, handed down by another Los Angeles Superior Court judge in 1981, the district is required to operate its magnet school and busing programs with race in mind, according to the district’s court papers.