A lawmaker is proposing removing the two-year limitation for school districts to get out of fiscal or academic distress before facing the possibility consolidation with a nearby district.

A lawmaker is proposing removing the two-year limitation for school districts to get out of fiscal or academic distress before facing the possibility consolidation with a nearby district.Democratic Rep. Clark Hall of Marvell on Monday proposed removing the two-year time limit and leaving it up to the state Board of Education to decide when a district is no longer struggling financially or academically and whether the district has complied with all recommendations and requirements for removal from the distressed list.
The board under current law must consolidate, annex or reconstitute any district that does not remove itself from academic or fiscal distress within the two-year period.