COPY-Ark. board gives local control back to 2 districts

Associated Press - January 19, 2010 4:04 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Board of Education has voted to return local control to two financially troubled school districts.

The board on Tuesday voted to remove the Greenland and Decatur school districts from its list of fiscally distressed districts. Both districts will be removed from state control, effective Oct. 1., after a school board is elected and receives training.

The northwest Arkansas districts were placed on the fiscal distress list in 2008 and put under state control after state officials found severe financial problems. The state-appointed superintendents for both districts told the Education Department that they had since stabilized the schools' finances.

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