Plan to Create Countywide School District Administrations Moving Forward

MARCH 17, 2005 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Senate is next up to get a toned-down version of legislation to create countywide administrations for Arkansas' public school districts.

The Senate Education Committee endorsed the bill yesterday.  It would authorize the House and Senate education committee to develop a plan over the next two years to phase in school administrative units.  The units would be phased in over the next decade.

The plan would be subject to approval by the 2007 General Assembly.

Also Wednesday, the committee endorsed legislation that would require the state Department of Education, in conjunction with school districts involved in last year's school consolidation, to develop a plan to track the educational progress of the students from districts that were merged with other districts.

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