- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Pulaski County judge says four northwest Arkansas school districts can’t join a lawsuit that challenges the way Arkansas funds public schools.

The Deer/Mount Judea School District alleges that the state has not complied with laws that were enacted to end the Lake View school-funding case. Last year, the Arkansas Supreme Court sent the case back to lower court, saying the lawsuit brought up new issues that have emerged since the Lake View case ended.

After that, the Alma, Fort Smith, Greenwood and Van Buren districts filed motions to intervene in the case. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza rejected that request Tuesday, saying the school-funding case affected just the Deer/Mount Judea district.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1ovaCSb ), the case is set to go to trial in November.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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