Orange County schools near desegregation settlement

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 9:20 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 9:20 a.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orange County School Board is expected to vote on a settlement in a desegregation case.

The vote could free the district from federal court jurisdiction for the first time in nearly 50 years. It could also affect school-construction projects and where kids go to school.

The board could approve the agreement as early as Tuesday.

In 1962, eight black families sued to desegregate public schools in the county.

If both sides agree on the final language, it is likely that a federal court judge would grant "unitary status" to Orange County schools. That means the district would have erased all vestiges of the discriminatory practices.

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