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All three school districts vote yes to tentative desegregation agreement

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PULASKI COUNTY (KATV)--A tentative desegregation settlement is reached between Little Rock area school districts and the Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel.

But it took Little Rock, North Little Rock and the Pulaski County Special School Districts to agree to move forward without having to go to court.

Both boards voted yes to the agreement, which could end a 31-year-old desegregation battle involving these three school districts.

Since PCSSD's board dissolved last year, only one piece of the pie was left tonight to move forward with this, and their spokesperson tells us Superintendent Dr. Guess said yes.

"Extremely pleased because this is something we've working for and we've had this uncertainty that's been hanging over the district for a long time," said LRSD Board President, Greg Adams.

"Everyone was basically ready to move past this stage and start operating without those funds," added NLRSD Board President, J.T. Zakrzewski.

All three districts will lose millions in funds come 2018 when desegregation payments come to a halt. However, the next few years will be spent planning and slowly transitioning.

"We're reducing the number of schools, merging into one high school was to reduce costs, like I said one of the catalysts for that, we knew this funding would go away someday," added Zakrzewski.

"We're hoping to be able to make these changes overtime in ways that's it's not going to have a negative impact," said Adams.

Under the proposal the state would continue to make annual payments to fund desegregation programs. Little Rock would receive $37.3 Million, PCSSD would receive $20.8 Million, and North Little Rock $7.6 Million through the 2017-2018 school year.

Part of the agreement also authorizes the creation of the Jacksonville School District.

The tentative agreement now goes to the legislative council and they will meet Friday morning.

The attorney general did say today, regardless of any outside parties not approving of this agreement, he will continue to move forward.