Achievement gap no surprise to LR schools chief

By KELLY P. KISSELAssociated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge's observation that more must be done to address an achievement gap between predominantly white and predominantly black schools in Pulaski County wasn't alarming to the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District.

Dexter Suggs says he knew about the problem when he arrived last year.

After a federal judge last week ordered an end to extra funding for the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts to aid in integrating schools - Suggs called the gap a national problem.

But Suggs said that - in many regards - the additional funding received since 1989 has worked because the academic achievement gap in elementary schools is narrower and that he sees greater diversity in the Little Rock district.

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