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26 schools given 'distressed' label

3 years of poor scores cited

Posted: July 11, 2014 at 2:38 a.m.

7/9/14 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON Fort Smith Public Schools superintendent Benny Gooden addresses the Arkansas State Board of Education concerning the academic distress designation of an alternative learning center in his district Thursday afternoon during the state Board of Education meeting.

The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday classified 26 schools as academically distressed, the first time it has singled out individual campuses -- rather than entire districts -- for the designation, which carries sanctions.

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