JULY 11, 2005 - Posted at 2:21 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - School districts, forced to keep open some isolated rural schools under a consolidation plan adopted by the Arkansas Legislature last year, got a reprieve from the state Board of Education today. The state board adopted regulations allowing the districts to close isolated schools that have become a financial burden.
Legislators this year agreed to change the law after many consolidated school districts complained about the costs of keeping open more schools than were necessary to educate the number of students in the district. Legislators had required the isolated schools remain open when they consolidated school districts with fewer than 350 students because of a public outcry over consolidation.