Little Rock's appeal of deseg ruling | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Little Rock's appeal of deseg ruling

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 6:11 AM

Federal Judge Brian Miller refused yesterday to stay his ruling ending most state financial desegregation aid to Pulaski County school districts and threatening to end the rest of it. The Little Rock School District was prepared with an emergency appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

For those with an interest in the case, I recommend a reading of the 22-page filing. It's a useful history of the 29-year-old lawsuit. It explains something that many don't understand or don't want to understand — the state has continuing responsibility for decades of encouraging residential segregation and unconstitutional schools in this county. The 1989 school settlement DID NOT contemplate an end to state support of magnet schools and interdistrict transfers. Miller's end of funding for these programs — without notice or a hearing — would effectively end these programs, even as the state has continued to contribute to segregation in the county with creation of charter schools, several which have put majority white student bodies in majority white neighborhoods.

Miller's ruling is unsupported by law in multiple school cases, the brief argues. It is unsupported by the terms of the state's contractual obligations in the earlier settlement. It was simply erroneous in reference to Little Rock, which has been declared desegregated and is not a violator of court rulings (or, in Miller's inexplicable conclusion, being rewarded for failing.)

Tags: , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (13)

Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • A response to police arrests becomes a tutorial on race, class and policing in Little Rock

    John Walker, the 79-year-old civil rights lawyer, and his associate, Omavi Shukur, 29, a young lawyer devoted to criminal justice reform, talked to press this afternoon about their arrests Monday by Little Rock police for supposedly obstructing governmental operations in observing and attempting to film a routine police traffic stop. It was a tutorial on sharp views of race, class and governance in Little Rock.
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • Arkansas legislature rejects bipartisan effort to study race relations

    On Friday, the Arkansas Legislative Council soundly rejected a bipartisan effort by two senators to to create a temporary legislative subcommittee to study race relations in the state.
    • Sep 15, 2017
  • Donald Trump declares war on Hillary Clinton's marriage

    Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
    • Oct 1, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation