Attorney asks judge to deny district's bid to join case

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An attorney for a group of black students and their parents in schools in the Little Rock area is asking a federal judge to deny party status for the newly-formed Jacksonville School District in the decades-old desegregation case.

State Rep. John Walker on Friday objected to the Jacksonville School District's request to be recognized as a full party in order to protect the district's interests in desegregation lawsuit decisions. Walker represents the group of students and parents known as the Joshua Intervenors who filed the original desegregation case.

Approved by voters in November, the Jacksonville district won't officially exist as a separate entity until June 2016.

Pulaski County Special School District, which currently includes what will become the Jacksonville district, earlier this week objected to the request.

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