8th Circuit Backs School District Consolidation

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According to Courthouse News, the 8th Circuit dismissed a challenge to an Arkansas law requiring small school districts to consolidate or be annexed by another district. Judge Gruender said the law makes school districts more cost-effective and efficient.

A group of taxpayers and parents banded together in 2004 to challenge the state Board of Education's decision to consolidate Lake View School District with the Barton-Lexa School District.

The consolidation was mandated by Act 60, which requires school districts with fewer than 350 students to be consolidated or annexed by another district.

Calling themselves the Friends of Lake View, the opponents of consolidation sued the state, its governor, the commissioner of the state's Department of Education and the Arkansas Board of Education.

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