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The Mississippi legislature has passed a bill appropriating $280,000 for a study of school and school-district consolidation in the state.

The study, to be conducted by the state's educational-finance commission, was ordered by the legislature as part of the education-improvement package passed last December (See Education Week, Jan. 12, 1983). The consolidation plan is due in June of 1985.

The Arkansas General Assembly has voted to put nearly $400,000 into an interest-bearing account that may eventually be used to pay legal fees incurred by the American Civil Liberties Union in its suit against that state's 1981 law requiring balanced treatment for "creation science" and evolution.

Federal District Judge William R. Overton awarded legal fees and expenses to the aclu in January, exactly one year after he declared the law unconstitutional.

The award, but not the decision itself, is being appealed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, according to Sandra L. Kurjiaka, executive director of the aclu of Arkansas.

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