CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge will consider an agreement that could end more than 50 years of federal desegregation oversight in an east Alabama school system.

A consent decree between school officials in Chambers County, the government and civil rights attorneys includes construction of a new school and more opportunities for black students in the county of roughly 35,000 people.

The agreement was filed Friday to end a desegregation order that’s been in place since 1970.

The sides negotiated for years to reach the proposed settlement, which was announced nearly 70 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the end of racial segregation of public schools.