LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is offering a $119 million settlement to three districts involved in a long-running school desegregation case.
In a letter Thursday, McDaniel said any settlement must involve the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County districts. Arkansas pays about $70 million annually to the districts under a 1989 agreement.
The offer was in response to a proposed settlement McDaniel recently received from Little Rock to phase out its payments in either a $297 million lump sum or $42.4 million a year for seven years.
McDaniel's proposal offers $119 million total to the three districts between now and Sept. 1, 2014. The letter says any proposal must go before Legislative Council for consideration by Nov. 15 in advance of a federal court hearing on Dec. 9.
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