After 31 years, end in sight to LR schools case?

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An offer by the Little Rock School District to end a desegregation battle for $297 million, and the state's counter-offer of $119 million may seem to indicate a compromise would end a lawsuit over whether three central Arkansas school districts are desegregated.

But the Little Rock district says it will still face expenses to maintain a proper racial mix even if the state pays the $297 million.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has said the state will spread $119 million among the districts before next Sept. 1 to end the litigation, but rejected a request for no oversight.

A two-week hearing is to start Dec. 9.

The state has paid more than $1 billion to the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts under a 1989 settlement.

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