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2 schools cited by judge in desegregation case

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) - The Cleveland School District has a deadline of May 15 to show a federal judge how it will desegregate two schools.

The order from U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson cites East Side High School and D. M. Smith Middle School.

The desegregation case dates back to 1965 when plaintiffs sued the Bolivar County school system, including Cleveland, to end white only and black-only schools.

The school system has been under the federal courts oversight ever since.

In 2011, the school district petitioned the court to remove it from federal oversight.

Davidson said in his order that if the government and the school district cannot agree on a plan by May 15, he will schedule a hearing.

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