LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Little Rock School District says it will support a planned settlement of a 30-year-old desegregation lawsuit that has resulted in the state's giving $1 billion to integrate schools in Pulaski County.
A federal judge has set a hearing for Dec. 9 on the state of Arkansas' request to stop $70 million in payments altogether. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel negotiated an agreement with the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County school districts to end payments after four more years.
He also wanted a group of patrons known as the Joshua Intervenors to agree. Little Rock television station KATV reported the interveners said Monday they were on board. The Little Rock district also voted Monday to proceed.
McDaniel issued a statement calling the agreement historic.
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