East Texas judge ends 1970 desegregation lawsuit in predominantly Hispanic school district

A federal judge has declared an East Texas school district to be integrated and then dismissed the government's 1970 desegregation lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider, in an order signed Friday, concluded the Tyler Independent School District has complied and eliminated discrimination.

The joint motion for declaration of unity status ends a lawsuit filed July 15, 1970, by the U.S. government directing the district to desegregate. The judge's order says the case was closed in 1976, for administrative purposes, but the federal court retained jurisdiction to monitor compliance.

The Tyler ISD, according to its website, had more than 18,000 students in the 2014-2015 school year. The figures showed nearly 22 percent of the children are white, about 45 percent are Hispanic and nearly 30 percent are black.

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