Judge: Tucson schools to fulfill desegregation plan by 2019

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal court has found that the Tucson Unified School District has mostly fulfilled a 2013 consent decree to resolve a decades-long battle to end racial disparity.

TUSD officials confirmed Tuesday a judge's ruling and issuing of a deadline of September 2019 to address any remaining issues, ending federal oversight.

The U.S. District Court in Tucson filed the order Sept. 6.

The desegregation case was first filed in 1974. Class-action lawsuits against the district on behalf of black students and Mexican-American students and employees were filed four years later.

The court says the district has bolstered operations in areas such as transportation, student assignment and technology.

Officials say they are disappointed the judge did not grant the district full unitary status. But they are committed to diversity and integration.

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