Judge rejects Jacksonville-North Pulaski bid to join lawsuit

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge says he will not give full recognition to the new Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District in the long-running desegregation lawsuit involving Pulaski County schools.

Voters in northern Pulaski County last year carved out a new school district from the existing Pulaski County Special School District. Pulaski County and adjoining districts for Little Rock and North Little Rock have been in court for decades, and the state is currently phasing out extra money it has been giving the districts to boost desegregation efforts.

Judge D. Price Marshall on Tuesday denied the new district's request to be a formal party, but left open the possibility for it to try again. He also said its lawyers were welcome at future hearings and could, at times, file papers for the new district.

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