For over two decades, the “fairness” of Arkansas’ educational system has been assessed by the courts. The 2002 Lake View ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court required the state to “adequately and equitably” fund the education system. Since the Supreme Court’s decision, state policymakers and education officials have worked to rectify problems highlighted in the Lake View case. Perhaps the most controversial plan was to consolidate several of Arkansas’ school districts.
McKenzie, Sarah C. and Ritter, Gary W., "A First Look at the Impacts of District and School Consolidation" (2005). Policy Briefs. 106.