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LRSD taking state of Arkansas to court

The Little Rock School District is taking Arkansas to court. Tuesday night the Little Rock School Board voted to sue the State Department of Education.
The Little Rock School District is taking Arkansas to court.  Tuesday night the Little Rock School Board voted to sue the State Department of Education. 

"In many charter schools, there are long waiting lists to get into them," Dr. Mary Ann Duncan with the State Department of Education.
 
The rise of charter schools in Arkansas is catching the attention of many parents.

"Charter schools provide an additional option other than what might be available in a traditional public school setting."

But not everyone is as excited.  At a Little Rock School Board meeting Tuesday night the board decided to file suit against the state.

The board's attorney says recently approved charter schools are making it harder to maintain racially balanced Little Rock schools.  Board member Mike Daugherty says charter schools are taking high achieving students away from the district. 

Board member Baker Kurrus says litigation isn't the best resort.  But he is outnumbered on the issue.

State officials aren't commenting on the matter.  There are 19 charter schools in Arkansas.  Nine of those are located in Pulaski County.  State officials have approved two additional charter schools to open next year, one of which will be in Little Rock.

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