Ark., school districts reach desegregation pact

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The attorney general says the state of Arkansas and three Little Rock-area school districts have reached an agreement that would end years of special payments made to help desegregate schools.

Since 1989, Arkansas has paid $1 billion to help the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts achieve a racial balance.

Under the proposal announced Thursday, the state would make payments of $65.7 million for the next three years, and funds in a fourth year would be restricted to improving school facilities.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel cautioned "this is not a done deal" as the Legislative Council and school boards must agree.

The parties face a Dec. 9 hearing if there's no settlement.

McDaniel said he doesn't believe approval is needed from a group of interveners.

KATV's Justin Lewis and Marine Glisovic are following this story. Tune in to Channel 7 News at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 for their full reports.

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