School accountability bill moves forward

(February 5, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- Legislation to create new divisions for accountability and public school facilities in the state Department of Education has the approval of the state Senate. Now the bill goes back to the House for their agreement on changes senators made in the measure. In addition to creating the new divisions, the bill would establish a task force to study realignment of the department and new guidelines for state Board of Education members. Under the proposal, the first member appointed under the measure would serve six years and all other appointments would be for single terms of seven years. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy for an uncompleted term of less than three years could be reappointed to an additional term of seven years. No member serving three or more years could be reappointed. No current or new member would be allowed to resign in order to be appointed to a new term on the board.