LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request to allow students to transfer out of the Blytheville School District while a school-choice lawsuit is pending.
A group of parents had requested a preliminary injunction that would have allowed the students to transfer into neighboring school districts. But U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker denied that request Monday, saying the parents hadn't proved their children would be irreparably harmed if they were denied transfers.
The school choice law allows students to transfer out of their residential school districts but includes a provision allowing districts to exempt themselves because of desegregation concerns.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/10wUrKz ) that Baker says she's not discounting testimony from parents who said they wanted transfers because of dropping test scores and the use of long-term substitute teachers.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com