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Little Rock School District v. Pulaski County Special School District

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

December 9, 2019

LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT, et al. PLAINTIFFS
v.
PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, JACKSONVILLE/NORTH PULASKI SCHOOL DISTRICT, et al. DEFENDANTS EMILY McCLENDON, TAMARA EACKLES, VALERIE STALLINGS, TIFFANY ELLIS, and LINDA MORGAN INTERVENORS

          ORDER

          D.P. Marshall Jr. United States District Judge.

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

         So Ordered.

         UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL

         DISTRICT'S IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN 2000 - ACHIEVEMENT

         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 Pulaski County Special School District's (PCSSD) desegregation plan (Plan 2000) that still remain under Court supervision. (Doc 5502). This report is number five of eight.

         ACHIEVEMENT (Plan 2000-Section M)

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

         PLAN PROVISION

         The PCSSD 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)

         Background

         On November 4, 1999, when the PCSSD presented its new desegregation plan, Plan 2000, for court approval, the district inadvertently attached a draft copy of an education plan, which is referred to as the "Ross Plan," The plan was authored by Dr. Steven M. Ross, a consultant from the University of Memphis. *The plan consists of a series of activities and goals the district would have to do in order to reduce disparities in achievement and discipline between black students and white students. All of the goals of the Ross Plan have been imbedded in the Findings Section.

         * Discipline related actions are covered in Status Report #2: Update on the Pulaski County Special School District's ...


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