Birmingham, AL – Nineteen states were sued decades ago for operating racially segregated higher education systems. Eleven of those states are still under federal scrutiny concerning higher education practices. They are subject to the authority of the court system or the U-S Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Alabama is among them, but the state may reach a lawsuit settlement by next August. Mississippi's case ended last week, and Louisiana's and Tennessee's could wrap up within the next two years.