LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked a federal judge Monday to end the annual payment the state makes to fund desegregation programs in Pulaski County's three public school districts.
LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked a federal judge Monday to end the annual payment the state makes to fund desegregation programs in Pulaski County’s three public school districts.
The state has paid about $1.1 billion to the districts since the 1989 settlement agreement order was issued, the attorney general said in a motion filed in U.S. District in Little Rock.
The payments should be lifted, McDaniel argued, because the North Little Rock and Little Rock school districts have already been declared substantially unitary, or desegregated, and the Pulaski County Special School District has been declared partially unitary.
The declarations mean that “the districts have eliminated the vestiges of segregation in student assignments to the extent practicable and are no longer compelled to racially balance the schools, the attorney general said in the motion.
In December, a federal appeals court vacated an order by U.S. District Judge Brian Miller to end the bulk of the millions of dollars in funding the state provides annually to the three districts.
The federal appeals court ruled that Miller did not make specific findings of fact to support his decision, and that a formal hearing on the evidence must be held and notice issued before desegregation obligations can end.
Under the 1989 settlement, the state provides funding to the three school districts to help pay for programs designed to promote desegregation.