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Judge to weigh approval step in desegregation suit

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 22, 2013 at 6:55 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge is expected to rule on a request that he grant preliminary approval to a proposal that would settle a desegregation lawsuit for Little Rock-area schools.

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall said earlier in the week that he planned to rule on the request during a Friday morning hearing. If the judge grants approval, that sets the stage for a fairness hearing, after which the settlement could become official.

Arkansas has spent more than $1 billion since 1989 for the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County school districts' desegregation efforts.

A trial was scheduled for Dec. 9, which brought the sides to the table to agree on a plan for ending state payments.

If approved, money for desegregation efforts would end in four years.

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wormie says... November 22, 2013 at 8:35 a.m.

Pulaski county should deed all the public school properties over to John Walker. He could then run the schools the way he wants to. The only drawback to that is he would have to file suit against himself. Maybe he would make the Joshua intervenors a full partner in this business adventure. But I doubt it!

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