The Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) has been named a “unitary district.”
On May 6, U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. declared that PCSSD was a unitary district, which refers to desegregation in school systems. According to a district release, the ruling is subject to a final issue.
“This ruling by Judge Marshall validates that our professionals, students and families are on the right path to ensure all students in PCSSD are given a high quality education to pursue their best life,” Dr. Charles McNulty, superintendent of schools for PCSSD, said in a statement. “Our work is just beginning as we continue to advance equity and excellence throughout all our schools and communities!”
The district has fought for the unitary status and asked Marshall to be released from federal monitoring of its desegregation efforts, according to a June 2020 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette report.