LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A day after the state took over the Pulaski County Special School District, former board members are speaking out.
Effective Monday, the Education Commission dismissed them and fired the superintendent because of the district's financial troubles.
"I knew we were headed that direction and that it really, that we had really tied his hands. And he had no choice but to come in and do what he did," says Gloria Lawrence, a former school board member.
Lawrence says she's relieved the state stepped in to take over the Pulaski County Special School District.
"I saw our students losing so much that it's relief that I know somebody is going to put our students first and start helping our teachers being able to teach our students," Lawrence adds.
State education officials say they tried to work with the schools classified under fiscal distress, but they did not make enough progress.