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(Little Rock) (AP) – A federal judge says he won’t delay a December trial over Arkansas’ request to end its desegregation payments to three Little Rock-area school districts.

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall on Tuesday denied the motion that had been filed by the Little Rock School District and the group of black students and parents known as the Joshua Intervenors. The motion sought to continue the case.

Arkansas last year asked to be released from the desegregation settlement agreement with the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts. The agreement has required the state to pay the schools more than $1 billion since 1989.

Trial is to start Dec. 9 on the state’s request and Marshall wrote that he could find no good reason to delay it.

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