Judge Rejects Attempt to Reopen Suit Challenging District's Merger

February 25, 2006 - Posted at 12:51 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ An effort to revive a federal court lawsuit

challenging the 2004 consolidation of the Lake View and Barton-Lexa

school districts was rejected Friday by a federal judge in Little


The suit was originally filed in October 2004 by attorney Jimmie

Wilson, representing a group called the Friends of Lake View.

But U-S District Judge George Howard Junior dismissed the suit

last September, saying the Arkansas Supreme Court was considering a

separate but related case. The state's high court ruled in that

case in December that the Legislature fell short last year of

meeting its constitutional obligation for fair and adequate funding

of public schools.

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