Appeals Court Denies Request To Delay Desegregation Trial

Oct 29, 2013

A federal appeals court has rejected the Little Rock School District's motion to delay a coming trial on Arkansas' request to end long-running desegregation payments to three school districts.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied the district's request to stay proceedings in the trial, set to begin Dec. 9. A federal judge on Oct. 22 had rejected the district's request to delay the trial.

The district asked that the trial be delayed while the appeals court considers its claim that Arkansas' approval of charter schools in Pulaski County violates the desegregation agreement. A federal judge ruled in January it did not.

Arkansas last year asked to be released from the desegregation settlement with the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts.