LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Legislative Council has approved aproposed settlement that would put an end to years of payments the state makes to boost desegregation efforts in three Little Rock-area school districts.

Lawmakers on Friday gave Attorney General Dustin McDaniel the authority to present the proposed deal to the federal court.

However, that authority will expire Tuesday at midnight if the state isn't joined by the Little Rock School District or a group of intervenors or both.

Since 1989, Arkansas has spent $1 billion to help schools in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County achieve a racial balance.

Under the current proposal, the state would make payments of $65.7 million for the next three years, and funds in a fourth year would be restricted to improving school facilities.

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