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Little Rock School District v. Pulaski County Special School District

United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Western Division

November 19, 2019

LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT, et at PLAINTIFFS
v.
PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, JACKSONVILLE/NORTH PULASKI SCHOOL DISTRICT, et ah DEFENDANTS EMILY McCLENDON, TAMARA EACKLES, VALERIE STALLINGS, TIFFANY ELLIS, and LINDA MORGAN INTERVENORS Black Students White Students Black Students Overall graduation rate

          ORDER

          D.P. MARSHALL JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         The Court is attaching Ms. Powell's fourth summary report, which covers achievement-related matters at JNPSD. No. 5502 at 2-3. The Court appreciates her work.

         So Ordered.

         UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE JACKSONVILLE/NORTH PULASKI SCHOOL DISTRICT'S IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN 2000 -ACHDSVEMENT

         On July 18, 2019, Chief U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall, Jr., directed the Court Expert to issue written status reports on the remaining areas of the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District's (JNPSD) desegregation plan (Plan 2000) that remain under Court supervision (Doc 5502). This report is number four of eight.

         ACHIEVEMENT (Plan 2000-Section M)

         Please note that Plan 2000 does not mention the JNPSD, because it did not exist when the plan was written. However, as a condition for being legally recognized as an independent Pulaski County school district, the JNPSD had to agree to being bound by the same provisions of Plan 2000 as the PCSSD. For the purpose of clarity, when citing the plan provision being reported, JNPSD has been substituted in the cases where the plan says PCSSD.

         Note: In this case, for reporting purposes, there are only two racial categories: black and white. There is no category for "Other "; all non-black individuals are reported as white.

         Background

         On November 4, 1999, the PCSSD submitted its new desegregation plan, Plan 2000, for court approval. After the hearing, the district's administrators discovered that a draft copy of an Education Plan, which was a proposed set of goals designed to improve the racial disparities associated with achievement and discipline in the district, had been mistakenly included in the submission. As a result, that draft proposal became what can best be described as an attachment to Plan 2000. The Education Plan, referred to as the"Ross Plan," was authored by Dr. Steven M. Ross, a consultant from the University of Memphis. The plan consists of a series of goals and activities the district would have to take to improve discipline and achievement with respect to black students. All of the goals of the Ross Plan have been imbedded in the Findings Section.

         PLAN PROVISION

         The JNPSD shall implement the plans designed to improve student achievement, recommended by Dr. Stephen Ross, and shall work with Dr. Ross in their implementation. (M.l, pg 6)

         Findings

         • FEPSI (Formative Evaluation Process for School Improvement) is a school improvement plan developed by the Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP), a consulting organization affiliated with the University of Memphis. Elements of FEPSI are some of the tools the JNPSD employs to address achievement as well as discipline. The JNPSD submits an annual Strategic Plan to the Court that contains the goals of the FEPSI model. Using surveys and auditing tools, district personnel are able to develop and employ strategies that they feel will work best for their students. According to the ...


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