Huntsville schools told to fix race issues

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice says Huntsville's schools have too many racial inequities to move out from under a 1970 federal desegregation order.

In a letter, provided by school officials on Monday, the Justice Department says it expects the school board to address disparities in student and faculty assignments, advanced courses and discipline.

The letter from Justice Department attorney Allison R. Brown makes it clear that federal officials are closely watching system officials as they attempt to make cuts and close schools to wipe out a $19.5 million deficit.

Justice Department investigators found that advanced courses are heavily skewed toward white schools and white students.

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