- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge says a school desegregation agreement can move ahead for city schools in Huntsville.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala issued a ruling late Tuesday approving a settlement between the city school system and the U.S. Justice Department.

The judge wrote that the agreement is an excellent way to move toward a system that will eliminate vestiges of once-segregated schools and end the need for federal oversight.

The agreement aims to end decades of federal control resulting from a lawsuit to force the system to end racial segregation in its schools.

City school superintendent Casey Wardynski says the judge’s decision provides the system a pathway forward to improvements.

The Huntsville-area NAACP says it’s concerned about how the school board will implement the plan.

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