Pulaski County Desegregation Case
This desegregation case, currently before the court, was originally filed on November 30, 1982 when the Little Rock School District (LRSD) sued North Little Rock School District (NLRSD), Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD), and the State to obtain a remedy for the effects of their segregation practices on LRSD. The Joshua Intervenors soon entered into litigation to protect the interest of local minority students. Under a comprehensive series of settlement agreements reached in 1988 and 1989 and adopted as consent decrees, NLRSD and PCSSD each agreed to implement detailed plans to remedy segregation violations within their districts, while the State agreed to provide funding for an interdistrict remedy among the three districts, including the creation of magnet schools and majority-to-minority transfers. Over the years, each district has obtained partial release from court supervision in some of the problem areas addressed by their intradistrict plans. After some court approved or stiplulated revisions, NLRSD’s plan to remedy its intradistrict violations reached its current form in 1992 (“1992 Plan”), and PCSSD’s plan to remedy its intradistrict violations reached its current form in 2000 (“Plan 2000”). Over the years, each district has obtained partial release from court supervision in some of the problem areas addressed by their intradistrict plans. In May 2011 NLRSD was granted unitary status in all areas. PCSSD was granted unitary status in all but 9 areas.
It is the purpose of the Office of Desegregation Monitoring to provide leadership, monitoring and guidance to Pulaski County Special School District in implementing the policies and procedures that comply with the provisions of the Plan 2000.