State Education Board Places 63 Schools on Probation

AUGUST 14, 2006 - Posted at 4:14 p.m. CDT, updated at 4:50 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state Board of Education today placed 63 schools and four school districts on probation for violating school accreditation.  The probation could trigger school closings or mergers.  Among the violations cited were:

-employing unlicensed teachers.

-not teaching the minimum number of core classes, and

-violating other standards in the 2005-2006 school year.

Several schools were placed on probation for a second year in a row, and that triggers a provision of a 2003 law that requires the Education Board to take action against schools on probation for two years.

Under the law, a school could be forced to revise its curriculum, could be closed or could be forced to merge with another district.  The board took no action against the schools on Monday other than assigning the probationary status.

A total of 14 Region 8 schools are on the list, including Evening Shade High School, Earle Elementary, Earle High, Dunbar Elementary (Earle), East Poinsett Co. High School, Forrest City Jr. High, Hillcrest High School, Hoxie High School, Mammoth Spring High School, McCrory Elementary, Mount Pleasant High School (Melbourne), Rivercrest High School, Walnut Ridge High School and West Memphis Wonder Elementary.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)