On December 28, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit affirmed key aspects of the lower court’s decision in Little Rock School District v. Lorene Joshua.

This long-standing school desegregation case involves key educational equity issues, including: racial disparities in school discipline, student achievement, access to advanced placement and honors curriculum and inequities in school facilities within three Arkansas school districts, the Little Rock School District, the North Little Rock School District and the Pulaski County School District. Each of these districts once illegally segregated students by race and were subjected to intra-district school desegregation orders. LDF represents the original beneficiaries of the case—the class of African-American students and parents now known as the “Joshua Intervenors”.