Group Working to Change State's "Outdated" School Board Law

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The Arkansas School Boards Association says the state law that governs local school boards is outdated and needs to be rewritten.  The measure was first passed in 1931.

The law is from a time when school districts consisted of a few families that pooled resources to heir a teacher for their children.  The group says the 1931 law doesn't mention superintendents and holds school board members personally liable for a school district's financial losses.

The organization is to hold 14 regional meetings this month and next to seek input from local school board members for how the law should be changed.  The issue could be raised in the 2009 legislative session.

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