HB 1770 allows districts to remain under state supervision for up to five years before the Arkansas Department of Education could take action.
Right now, ADE has the option to annex or dissolve a school district if it does not get off the distressed list.
Bill sponsor representative Mark Perry (D-Jacksonville) says the legislation is designed to help out large districts like Helena / West Helena and PCSSD.
"Those districts are making progress and they need more time," Perry said Tuesday.
The bill now moves to the House floor for consideration on Thursday.