LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV) - The Pulaski County School District's request to be declared substantially desegregated has been denied by a federal judge.

The district will remain under federal court supervision for now, but US District Judge D.P. Marshall said he's open to holding hearings on the matter next fall.

Superintendent Doctor Jerry Guess said they're encouraged by the judge's decision. "That is our goal -- to regain unitary status in the district so that there are no vestiges of segregation. And to return to the funding stream that is the same for all districts in Arkansas," he explained.

Judge Marshall asked the district to file a status report by February, providing more information on being unitary in areas such as student assignment and special education.

The North Little Rock and Little Rock districts have already been declared unitary.

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