Little Rock school desegregation ruling due in August

(May 14, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- A federal judge who last month postponed a hearing on whether Little Rock's school district can emerge from federal monitoring says he expects to decide the case by mid-August. U-S District Judge William R- Wilson Junior initially had said he would rule by June 30th. A two-day hearing in the case is scheduled to start June 14th. Wilson said yesterday he would need one or two months after the hearing to reach a decision. Parties had been scheduled to be in court the last week of April. They were to argue whether the state's largest school is sufficiently educating black school children and no longer needs to be monitored for compliance with a desegregation order. Wilson postponed that hearing because of scheduling conflicts.