Judge gives 1st OK to end Little Rock schools desegregation suit

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Monday, November 25, 2013

A federal judge gave preliminary approval Friday to a proposed settlement that would bring an end to a decades-long desegregation lawsuit involving Little Rock-area schools.

U.S. District Judge Price Marshall said the terms of the settlement passed legal muster, but he set a fairness hearing for Jan. 13-14 for the agreement to become official.

Since 1989, the state has spent more than $1 billion on desegregation efforts in the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County school districts. The lawsuit was filed in 1982, but its roots extend to the acrimonious integration of Little Rock public schools in 1957, during which President Dwight Eisenhower sent in federal troops to ensure nine black students could attend Little Rock Central High School.

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