By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys for the Arkansas Department of Education, which is being sued over the takeover of the Little Rock School District, have asked a Pulaski County Judge to dismiss the case.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) reports that the motion, which was filed Monday, is the latest in a string of motions ahead of a Wednesday hearing on a temporary injunction that could block the takeover.

Little Rock School Board members Dianne Curry, C.E. McAdoo and Jim Ross, along with voters Doris Pendleton and Barclay Key, sued the department, as well as Education Commissioner Tony Wood, last month after the board voted 5-4 to take over the district.

Attorneys for the school board allege in the lawsuit that state officials acted outside of their legal authority when they took over the district and dismissed the board.

The vote was prompted mostly by the fact that several of the district’s schools are in academic distress. Six of the district’s 48 schools - Baseline Elementary; Cloverdale and Henderson middle; and J.A. Fair, Hall and McClellan high schools - failed to score at a proficient level on state math and literacy tests over a three-year period.

On Monday, attorneys for both parties in the lawsuit filed their witness lists for the injunction hearing on Wednesday.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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