Written on Aug 25, 2010 | by Christopher Tulloch
JACKSON, Tenn. – A federal judge in Jackson says he will rule after Aug. 30 on whether to dissolve a nearly half-century-old local school desegregation lawsuit.
At a hearing Monday, both sides told U.S. District Court Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. they support ending the suit, which has continued for 47 years and included 720 court filings, The Jackson Sun reported.
The court granted partial unitary status to the Jackson-Madison County schools a year ago, ending court oversight of issues including assignment of teachers, facilities, transportation and extracurricular activities. Assignment of students remains under court monitoring.
Mays said racial imbalance itself is not illegal and his decision must be on whether such imbalance is the result of past discrimination.
Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com
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