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Judge delays ruling against Ark. school choice law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge says that while appeals are pending, he won't enforce a ruling that tossed out Arkansas' 1989 school choice law.


A number of parties in the case had asked U.S. District Judge Robert Dawson to delay entering a final order barring transfers between districts.

Dawson had ruled race couldn't be the only factor in deciding whether students could transfer. The judge found that racial questions were woven so deeply into the law that he had to throw out the entire statute.

A group of white parents in Malvern wanted to transfer children to the nearby Magnet Cove School District. They argued that they should be given the option of putting their children in the schools of their choice without the limits placed on them by the race provision.

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