Pulaski County Circuit Judge Jay Moody has
granted a temporary restraining order halting plans to shutter Paron High School pending a full hearing in a lawsuit that seeks to keep the small rural school open.
Congratulations to the people of Paron who brought the lawsuit. Their efforts not only kept Paron open for another year, but it could lead to some changes for rural schools. It's time the Arkansas Legislature looked into how children in these rural areas are affected. They need to decide how long should a student be on a bus during the day. They also need to develop distance learning classes for students at rural schools like Paron. The technology is available so that students aren't limited in instruction to only what can be taught by teachers at their schools.