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Pulaski Co. School Desegregation Case: It's Over!

Federal judge in Little Rock approves settlement reached between the state and LR, NLR and PCSSD school systems.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal judge has approved a settlement ending the Pulaski County school desegregation case that dates back to the 1980s.

The court's "okay" came late this afternoon following hours of objection/fairness hearings for those against the settlement.

Nearly a dozen people testified and showed their opposition to the agreement.  Many of them said they believed the settlement was a fiscally responsible agreement, but they want their children to continue the magnet school tracks.  The settlement will force the students to return to their original districts after they've reached the highest grades at their current school. 

The judge sided with the state and school districts, saying it was time to end the settlement and focus on children.

The agreement between the state and the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special School Districts was reached back in November, and needed the court's approval to proceed.

"We also know our hearts have changed as people over the decades and we want to do the right thing. We want to provide the best quality education. We recognize it is key to the success of our state, and it's not just a legal obligation but a moral imperative," said Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

The settlement calls for the end of more than 70-million dollars in payments to the districts in June 2018.
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