Supers urge integration with consolidation

(November 14, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Leaders of the majority-black Camden and El Dorado school districts fear school consolidation will lead to greater racial imbalance. So they want legislators to redraw school district boundaries statewide to create districts that are more racially balanced. The two superintendents are searching for legislators to sponsor a bill requiring new districts formed through consolidation to mirror the racial diversity of the surrounding county within 10 percent. Governor Huckabee is expected to call a December eighth special session to take up education reforms and how to fund them. Arkansas is under a January state Supreme Court deadline to overhaul a public school system that the court has declared unconstitutional.