Under the court-ordered desegregation program, the largest in the country, thousands of white and Black children still have to be bused to different neighborhoods every day. Districts argue the effort gives parents more options for their children. The settlement has produced popular magnet schools in urban Little Rock, but districts say they can’t support those programs without help.
On Monday a federal appeals court will hear arguments from both sides, the Associated Press reports. At the outcome, the judges are expected to decide eventually whether Arkansas still has to make the payments and whether two of the districts should remain under court supervision.