Update: Unitary status one step closer for Monroe City Schools

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe City Schools continue to take steps toward achieving unitary status. Last week several board members went to Washington D.C. to meet with the Department of Justice. The focus of that meeting was getting Monroe's schools on a plan to eliminate government oversight for desegregation.

During that meeting, a plan was devised, and it was voted on at Monday's board meeting. After going into executive session for about an hour, the school board did pass the consent order with a vote of 6 to1. Now, the board will present that plan to a federal judge in a week.

School Board President Rodney McFarland says it is a good move and he hopes it gets approved by the judge "It's a good 45 pages long and it's very detailed and it's very detailed. It's a great document that the department of justice put together for us."

A few months back board members asked that the system remain under government oversight, noting, among other issues, an imbalance of of white and black teachers in schools throughout the city.