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Opinions differ on desegregation settlement effort

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Attorneys for two of the three Pulaski County school districts offer different views on discussions to end payments to the districts that are part of a now 30-year-old school desegregation lawsuit.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Sunday that Little Rock schools attorney Chris Heller sent emails to school board members saying a settlement "seems remote." Pulaski County Special School District attorney Allen Roberts told the newspaper that he believes a settlement could be close, but adds that "it ain't over `til it's over."

The two districts and the North Little Rock School District share about $70 million a year in state payments as part of a 1989 agreement.

The talks are in advance of a December 9th hearing on the state's request to be released from the agreement.

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