- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge will expedite consideration of a motion that he find the Arkansas Board of Education violated a 2014 agreement in the Little Rock school desegregation case.

The Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District alleges the board violated the agreement when it allowed a Jacksonville student to transfer to Cabot.

Judge Price Marshall Jr. said in an order Friday that he will expedite consideration of the motion because school starts in two weeks.

The Jacksonville district says it’s exempt from the state school choice law that allows transfers because it’s party to the settlement agreement. The state law provides an exemption if student transfers put a district in conflict with a federal court desegregation order or plan.

The student’s transfer request had been denied based on the Jacksonville district’s claimed exemption.

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