What desegregation means for Little Rock magnet schools

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Monday, a federal judge approved a settlement allowing the state of Arkansas to stop making payments to three Little Rock-area school districts to aid their desegregation efforts. So what does this mean to area magnet schools?

    Since 1989, the state has given the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts more than $1 billion, total, above their regular state appropriations.

    The money goes toward magnet schools and transporting students from districts where they'd be in the majority to those where they'd be in the minority.

    The state will continue making payments through the 2017 fiscal year.

    THV 11 spoke with Pulaski County Special School District superintendent Dr. Jerry Guess about this and he says this will affect where you live for where your kids go to school.

    In short, the system is going back to neighborhood schools. Guess said students currently in the magnet program can stay there, but just through the highest grade of their current school. For example, if the student is in elementary right now, you leave the magnet program when you complete the fifth grade.

    THV's Meredith Mitchell is following up on this story and will have more tonight on "THV 11 News at 6:00".

    Contributing: The Associated Press

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