Wayne Co. schools see end to federal oversight

Wayne Co. schools see end to federal oversight (Image 1)

WAYNESBORO, Miss. (AP) – Federal government oversight of the Wayne County, Mississippi, school system has ended.
    
The Department of Justice says in a news release that a federal judge signed an order Tuesday dismissing the longstanding school desegregation case.  The school district serves close to 3,500 students and has been operating under a desegregation order since 1970.
    
Legal battles over school desegregation have persisted since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954. In the 1960s, school districts across the South were sued and given desegregation orders, which put them under Justice Department scrutiny.
    
Last summer, the Justice Department said 44 Mississippi schools districts – the largest number in the Southeast – remained embroiled in lawsuits seeking to end decades of federal oversight.

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