They're baaaack!

(February 27, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Legislators may clarify a law that consolidates the administrations of smaller school districts when the House and Senate reconvene next week. The Legislature is to go back into session to tie up loose ends from the special session that went into recess earlier this month. Yesterday, some legislators said they were worried they gave the state Education Board too much leeway to reject voluntary school consolidation plans and they suggested rewriting the new law. House Speaker Herschel Cleveland says that if the law is unclear, it should be clarified. Under the new law, school districts with fewer than 350 students must submit consolidation plans by April first. Consolidation must be completed by July first. Interim state Education Director Tom Courtway says he is rewriting the regulations and will submit them for legislative review.