INFORMATION ON PROPOSED PULASKI COUNTY DESEGREGATION SETTLEMENT AVAILABLE ON INTERNET

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November 27, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that information about the proposed Pulaski County desegregation settlement and notice of a Jan. 13 fairness hearing have been posted to the Attorney General’s website, www.ArkansasAG.gov.

(Click here for the full information page.)

U.S. District Judge D.P. Marshall Jr. approved the notice for publication today. The documents, including both a summary notice and long-form notice, can be accessed from the website’s homepage. Links to the documents are also available from the State’s main webpage, www.Arkansas.gov, and the Arkansas Department of Education's website, www.ArkansasEd.org.

Last week, Judge Marshall gave preliminary approval to a settlement among the State, the Little Rock School District, the North Little Rock School District, the Pulaski County Special School District, Joshua Intervenors and Knight Intervenors. The settlement would resolve decades-old litigation related to desegregation efforts within the three school districts.

Pursuant to federal court rules, notice of a settlement, rights of members of a class and notice of a fairness hearing must be publicly issued. Class members include the Joshua Intervenors, who are defined by the Court as “all current, past and future LRSD, PCSSD and NLRSD black students, their parents and next friends.” The Knight Intervenors are a group of certified and non-certified staff organizations and individuals employed by the school districts.

The fairness hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 13 at the Richard Sheppard Arnold United States Courthouse, Court Room 1-A, 500 W. Capitol Ave., in Little Rock. Class members may have the opportunity to present evidence and objections to the settlement at that time.

Those class members who wish to object must submit their objections in writing by Dec. 23 to: James W. McCormack, Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, Richard Sheppard Arnold United States Courthouse, 600 W. Capitol Ave., Room A149, Little Rock AR 72201, Attn: Desegregation Case-Proposed Settlement Agreement.

Those who wish to participate in the fairness hearing must say so in their written objections, and objections not received by Dec. 23 may not be considered.

For full information about the terms of the settlement and for detailed notice information, visit www.ArkansasAG.gov.
 

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