HOUSTON A federal judge says he will rule later this week on the North Forest Independent School District request for a temporary restraining order on the Texas Education Agency s attempts to shut it down.

The district wants to restrain the TEA from abolishing it and its board of trustees. In the lawsuit NFISD asserts that the closure violates Sections 2 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Section 2 speaks to the dilution of voting rights of residents and Section 5 deals with the requirement for pre-clearance when a government agency takes action on anything that affects voting.

U.S. Judge David Hittner said he would rule later this week after a hearing that started at 10:30 a.m. and lasted five and half hours.

The Houston Independent School District is set to take over NFISD schools this summer.

The TEA ordered that the district be abolished because of low performance.

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