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Judge to consider Arkansas' school-choice law

Oral arguments are planned in a federal lawsuit filed by a group of Malvern parents who are challenging a provision of the state's school-choice law that factors in race when students wish to transfer to a new district.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Oral arguments are planned in a federal lawsuit filed by a group of Malvern parents who are challenging a provision of the state's school-choice law that factors in race when students wish to transfer to a new district.

The case will go before U.S. District Judge Barry Bryant at 1 p.m. Monday in Hot Springs. The parents are seeking an injunction that would allow the children to enroll in the Magnet Cove School District.

The lawsuit claims the children have been or will be denied admission into Magnet Cove because they are white. The state says the law is necessary to protect desegregation efforts.

In this case, state law barred the transfer because the Malvern district is about 60 percent white and the Magnet Cove district is 95 percent white.

 

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