UPDATE: Huntsville Board of Education passes proposed consent order

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - After a lengthy meeting, the Huntsville Board of Education voted to approve the school system's Proposed Consent Order in the school rezoning case.

During the four hour special meeting, the board asked attorney J.R. Brooks questions about how the order will effect district operations.

The vote was unanimous.

The order centers around rezoning the district to increase diversity at each school. Brooks points out that there is a clear divide between the majority black north and the majority white south areas of the city.

A majority-to-minority transfer system and magnet systems that draw in students of all races will be key players in the order's plan.

The proposal now goes to a federal judge, who will hold a hearing on the matter March 11 in Huntsville. If Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala approves it, it would go into effect this fall.

The plan comes after six months of mediation between the district's attorney and representatives from the Department of Justice. During more than thirty meetings, the two parties compromised to create the plan aimed to create a consistent and diverse school district.


Read more coverage of the school rezoning case on WHNT.com.

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