Little Rock waits a bit longer on 50-year old supervision

(April 23, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- The Little Rock School District will have to wait a little longer for a hearing on whether it will entirely escape nearly five decades of court supervision. U-S District Judge Bill Wilson delayed the hearing - scheduled for next week -- because of scheduling conflicts. He set a new date of June 14th and 15th. Wilson will consider whether the school district successfully implemented an evaluation policy for programs that particularly help black students. In 2002, the judge released the district from all monitoring except that concerning its assessment system. In a telephone conference yesterday, Wilson told lawyers for the Little Rock district and for a group of black families that he had scheduled the hearing to happen too soon. Wilson also gave the burden of proof to the Little Rock district.