Desegregation aid could end for Arkansas schools

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An agreement awaiting a federal judge’s final approval soon could end one of the nation’s most historic desegregation efforts after decades of court battles and $1 billion of special aid to Little Rock-area schools.

Lawyers and patrons this week will pick apart details of a proposed settlement among three school districts, state lawyers, and others involved in the case to determine if it is fair.

Unless US District Judge Price Marshall finds fault with the deal, for the first time in more than a quarter century the state no longer will be required to make extra payments to help fund racial integration of schools.

Marshall will hear formal arguments Monday and Tuesday on whether to officially end the dispute.

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