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.