Desegregation settlement proposal posted online

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas attorney general's office has posted online information about the proposed settlement of a decades-long desegregation lawsuit involving schools in Pulaski County.

U.S. District Judge Price Marshall on Wednesday approved the notice for publication of the terms of the proposed agreement. The information is at the AG's homepage at - - and on other state websites.

The settlement would bring an eventual end to special desegregation payments to the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County school districts. The funds have gone toward magnet schools, transportation and other areas.

The state has spent more than $1 billion on desegregation payments to the three districts since a 1989 settlement.

A fairness hearing on the settlement is set for Jan. 13 in federal court in Little Rock.

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