United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Western Division
MARSHALL JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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.
ON THE STATUS OF THE JACKSONVILLE/NORTH PULASKI SCHOOL
DISTRICT'S IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN 2000
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.
(Plan 2000-Section M)
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.
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
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
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)
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 ...