- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge will review an agreement to settle a desegregation case involving Huntsville city schools.

The school system and the Justice Department released the agreement on Monday. It’s aimed at resolving disputes over the racial fairness of a student attendance plan devised last year.

The federal government objected to the plan arguing it didn’t improve academic opportunities for black students.

The school system agrees to take several steps in the settlement, which follows mediation sessions.

Among other things, the system says it will revise attendance zones and improve magnet school programs to increase racial diversity. An advisory committee of students and parents will advise the court on implementation of the agreement.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala will now review the settlement.


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