A federal court judge has delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Education's selection of a designated bonding authority for a financing program aiding black colleges.

U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler had been expected to role on the case Oct. 31. But after a hearing Monday, Kessler said she now hopes to reach a decision by Dec. 1, according to an Education Department spokeswoman.

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