OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A 47-year-old desegregation lawsuit against the St. Landry Parish School District has been dismissed.

The Daily Caller reports school board members applauded when Superintendent Edward Brown announced the news at a meeting Thursday.

The district underwent five years of federal monitoring after a 2011 settlement of the lawsuit, and U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty signed an order Tuesday ending the supervision.

The district has been providing transportation for students to attend schools where they are a racial minority. Classrooms were built at two elementary schools in Opelousas to accommodate students who want to transfer under a program that lets children leave failing schools.

The district also created bio-medical magnet school and started an arts school and a training program for students who were years behind in academics.


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