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  Court Denies Appeal, [Little Rock] Desegregation Over
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Last EditedDFWDem  Apr 02, 2009 11:05am
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News DateThursday, April 2, 2009 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling that the Little Rock School District has met terms of a long-standing desegregation order.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled Thursday that a lawyer representing a group of black students did not present evidence to support challenges to how the district's desegregation was evaluated.

In 2007, U.S. District Judge William R. Wilson Jr. ruled that the district could be released from court supervision, as it was substantially complying with a 1998 desegregation plan. Wilson ruled that the 27,000-student district had achieved unitary, or desegregated, status.

No other school district in America has been in desegregation litigation as long as the Little Rock School district.

The district's lawsuits begin in 1957 with the crisis at Central High. Governor Orval Faubus ordered the National Guard to surround Central High School to prevent integration. President Eisenhower federalized the National Guard and sent the 101st Airborne to enforce integration. The next 50 years would produce a storm of litigation that is just now coming to a close.

The U.S. District Court ruled the district unitary Feb. 2007, but John Walker and the Joshua Interveners filed an appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Mo. Walker is a lawyer representing a group of Black students.
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