One-third of Arkansas schools

(September 10, 2004) — LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Nearly a third of Arkansas' one-thousand-33 public schools have been tentatively identified as academically troubled. The schools could be penalized by state education officials and they could lose students. The list released Thursday by the state Education Department includes 328 schools where students scored low on the state Benchmark and End-of- Course exams. School districts have 30 days to appeal the designation. If the designation stands, a school will have to offer students the option of transferring this year to another, higher-achieving school in the same district. The list was compiled to comply with President Bush's federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and with a state law approved by legislators under that act.