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School district agrees to desegregation settlement

CLEVELAND- After a long-running lawsuit regarding the desegregation of a Mississippi school district, a settlement has been reached. 

Local media reported that the Cleveland school district announced the settlement agreement at a school board meeting.

The district serves around 3,500 students and had originally wanted to maintain their historically black and white high schools. A federal judge denied that request and agreed with the U.S. Justice Department that allowing the schools to maintain their racial status it would violate vestiges of segregation.

The district will be required to create one high school on the campus of the historically white Cleveland High School and Margaret Green Junior High and also create one school for seventh and eighth graders at the site of historically black East Side High School.

All sixth graders attending Margaret Green will remain at elementary schools.

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