The U.S. Justice Department and the city's school system have reached a tentative agreement to release the district from a 26-year-old desegregation case as early as next year.
Under the settlement filed in federal court Monday, the district would be allowed to set its own plan and budget for integrating schools starting with the 2007-2008 school year.
Schools chief Arne Duncan has called the agreement "a huge victory for the schoolchildren of Chicago."
In 1980, the federal government ordered the city to desegregate its public schools, requiring it to provide additional educational services for children in racially isolated schools and to integrate to "the extent practicable."
How many millions of dollars were wasted for absolutely no gain? As long as schools are not segregated by legislative decree what difference does it make what the makeup of a school is?
Government continues to prove time and time again that it is capable of accomplishing little more than spending money.