Voting rights settlement includes Emanuel school changes

ATLANTA (AP) – A county in Georgia could change its local school district map so that blacks will have a majority in not just one but two of its seven districts.

The move aims to settle a lawsuit filed in February against Emanuel County that claimed existing political boundaries violated the Voting Rights Act by weakening the power of blacks to choose candidates.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law says a new map will create two majority black districts. Georgia lawmakers must approve the changes.

School district attorney Phil Hartley says officials support the changes.

The committee filed the suit on behalf of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP and two black residents of Emanuel County.

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