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LOCAL : L.A. School Integration Battle Ends

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A federal judge today dismissed the state Department of Education from a sweeping lawsuit by the NAACP, ending an eight-year court battle to integrate the Los Angeles School District, the nation’s second largest.

U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima approved a mutual agreement to drop the state, the only remaining defendant in the 1981 suit. On Jan. 9, Tashima dismissed the other defendant, the Los Angeles district, after months of settlement talks broke down.

NAACP attorney Joseph Duff acknowledged after the hearing that the NAACP did not achieve its goal by pressing the lawsuit.

“We clearly have not gained any desegregation in the district,” he said.

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