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6:33 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Papers Filed Seeking End To Desegregation Lawsuit, Hearing Friday

Lawyers for three Little Rock-area school districts, the state of Arkansas and groups of patrons have filed formal court papers seeking an end to a 31-year-old desegregation lawsuit.

Lawyers for the state say the settlement should be accepted because all parties are backing it. They say a remedy that parties agree with is better than one where the parties "must be dragged kicking and screaming."

Arkansas has paid more than $1 billion to the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts since 1989 to achieve and maintain a racial balance. The state wants to end the payments and negotiated a settlement with the other parties.

A federal judge has set a hearing for Friday. He had asked the parties to formalize the settlement in a motion.