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More on LRSD talks

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 4:57 PM

A more detailed list of talking points has been assembled by the Little Rock School District's attorney, Chris Heller, to send to the state attorney general's office for discussions about bringing an end to the desegregation lawsuit. These "key settlement issues" include a representation that a cap of state desegregation spending at $70 million per year would save the state more than $100 million over the seven-year phaseout of desegregation aid. This presumes that costs would otherwise rise by about 5 percent a year as they have historically.

The list also indicates a softening of a statement Tuesday night calling for a moratorium on charter schools in Pulaski County. The issues list now says:

The state Board of Education will agree that approving any additional open enrollment charter schools in Pulaski County or increasing the enrollment of existing charter schools in Pulaski County will have a negative impact on the ability of the District to achieve and maintain a unitary school district absent a finding to the contrary by the district's board of directors.

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