Arkansas will stop paying schools to integrate

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Three school districts have reached a settlement with the state of Arkansas to end years of payments they received for integrating black and white students, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Under federal-court supervision since 1989, Arkansas has paid $70 million each year to support desegregation efforts in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County school districts. The funds, totaling more than $1 billion, have been put toward transporting students to attend schools where they would be the minority and building magnet schools that were racially balanced.

Of the three, only Pulaski County remains only partially desegregated; Little Rock and North Little Rock districts have been declared mostly integrated since 2007.

The Joshua intervenors, a group that represents black students in those districts, was the lone holdout until the patrons agreed to the settlement on Monday, after a resolution had passed to find out which schools should be the top priority and to also focus on ones in southwest Little Rock.

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