Judge strikes down school choice law in Arkansas

June 11, 2012
Ruling says state may not base enrollment or transfer decisions solely on race

From ArkansasNews.com: A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' school choice law. U.S. District Judge Robert T. Dawson has ruled that a race-based provision in the 1989 Arkansas Public School Choice Act violates the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees equal protection under the law. An attorney for the families who filed the lawsuit that led to the ruling says his clients will appeal because they feel the judge went too far. The state had argued that the race-based provision in the statute was needed to preserve desegregation efforts.

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