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School consolidation measure fails in the AR House

WEINER/LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) – A measure that would have stoppedthe consolidation of Arkansas schools until 2015 has failed in the ArkansasHouse.

According to the Arkansas House web site, House Bill 1938would suspend administrative reorganizations of school districts.  It would also require a study of administrativereorganizations and student transportation in small and rural districts.

The measure would not have allowed the state board to consolidatebased on academic distress, fiscal distress, or failure to comply with state accreditationstandards after January 1, 2013 and before April 30, 2015.

HB 1938 was one of the last hopes for supporters of WeinerHigh School in Poinsett  County. InMarch, the State Board of Education voted to close the school and consolidatewith Harrisburg High School.

Region 8 News has been tracking the consolidation of WeinerHigh School from the very beginning. For more information on the fight bysupporters, click on the links below:

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