As expected, the Arkansas Supreme Court
today denied a rehearing of its decision to dismiss the lawsuit challenging the takeover
of the Little Rock School District
. The court had held that the state was immune from lawsuit
in the case. Plaintiffs, including former school board members, had argued the standard didn't apply because the state had acted arbitrarily.
The Supreme Court decision today came in a per curiam order without commentary.
The state Education commissioner, Johnny Key, now controls the school board. He appointed Baker Kurrus to serve as interim superintendent. The district was taken over because six of its 48 schools were judged in academic distress based on percentage of students scoring adequately on standardized tests.