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Judge strikes down Arkansas school choice law

Federal judge strikes down Arkansas school choice law because of provision dealing with race By The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ' A federal judge has struck down an Arkansas school choice law, saying race couldn't be the only factor considered in deciding whether students could transfer between districts.

U.S. District Judge Robert Dawson said Friday the law's provision on race violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and since it can't be separated from the rest of the law, he is declaring the whole thing unconstitutional.

Dawson's ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by a group of parents who challenged the requirement that race be considered when students want to transfer to a different school district.

The state had said the provision was needed to preserve desegregation efforts.

The Arkansas education department says the law was one of few school choice laws that allowed students to transfer between districts.

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