Annexation, consolidation, public school districts
Since its passage in 2004, Arkansas’ Act 60 has had a major impact on the smallest school districts in Arkansas. The law requires school districts to be consolidated if their enrollment drops below 350 for two consecutive years. This policy brief will report on the numbers and types of schools and districts that have closed since the passage of Act 60. Moreover, the brief will evaluate the enrollment trends to predict which school districts are “at-risk” of being consolidated for dropping below the 350 student threshold established by Act 60. The data for this policy brief is excerpted from a larger OEP Arkansas Education report on the impact of Act 60. The full report is expected to be released in early 2011.
Jensen, Nathan C. and Ritter, Gary W., "Act 60: The Past, Present, and Future of School Consolidation in Arkansas" (2010). Policy Briefs. 66.