The Arkansas Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill easing restrictions on the creation of new school districts.
By a 20-6 vote, the Senate approved and sent to the governor's desk a bill that would lower the amount of students a new district needs to splinter from an existing district. The legislation would lower the requirement from 4,000 students to 2,500.
Supporters of the measure say it would allow Maumelle or Sherwood to split from the Pulaski County Special school district after clearing state and federal hurdles.
Opponents say the change could harm lower-income students and widen racial divides.