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Little Rock School District v. Pulaski County Special School District

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

January 10, 2020

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

          ORDER

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

         The Court is attaching Ms. Powell's seventh summary report, which covers monitoring 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 - MONITORING

         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 seven of eight.

         MONITORING (Plan 2000-Section N)

         Note: Although the Joshua Intervenors have been renamed the McClendon Intervenors, for clarity, this report uses (he original names and titles found in Plan 2000.

         PLAN PROVISION

         The Assistant Superintendent for Desegregation shall: (i) develop a plan so that he (or she) and his (or her) staff focus their monitoring and compliance efforts on the specific elements of the Plan; and (ii) provide the Joshua Intervenors within 30 days of the court's approval of this Plan a list, geared to the sections of this Plan, identifying the staff member or members with, particular responsibilities for its implementation and the position held by each. N(1), pg.7

         BACKGROUND

         On October 29, 2007, the PCSSD petitioned the court for full unitary status. The petition was heard from March 1 through March 18, 2010. On May 19, 2011, the court granted PCSSD unitary status in several areas: student assignment, interdistrict schools, multicultural education, and school resources. The district has since been declared unitary with respect to advanced placement and the gifted and talented honors programs, scholarships, special education, and staff.

         The district was found partially unitary in Monitoring. The court's findings under Section N, subsection (1), read in part; "...it is clear that Pulaski County has not complied in good faith with the requirements of subsection one. This is the case because it failed to timely submit the required documents to Joshua; it took more than two years to adopt a monitoring plan, and the monitoring plan it finally submitted was rejected outright by the ODM as woefully inadequate."

         Findings

• According to the Assistant Superintendent for Equity and Pupil Services, the PCSSD presents its annual monitoring report to the school board each August and sends a ...

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