Little Rock Schools Offer To Phase Out Desegregation Money

Oct 15, 2013

The Little Rock School District has proposed a settlement that would phase out the desegregation money it receives from the state, but Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said the offer is a "non-starter."

McDaniel told lawmakers Tuesday that the district had recently made the offer to the state. The proposal was issued as the state is preparing to go to trial over its request to end the desegregation payments Little Rock and two other districts receive.

The proposal calls for Little Rock schools to receive $42.4 million a year for the next seven years or a lump sum payment of more than $297 million.

McDaniel said the proposal includes too many conditions, including a provision that the district would not be subject to sanctions for fiscal or academic distress.