December 6, 2002
Posted at: 5:00 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Legislative leaders say current members of the state House and Senate education committees will serve on an ad hoc committee to study the state Supreme Court's recent decision on school funding.
The panels will review the court's decision and begin developing plans in advance of the regular session that convenes January 13 to implement a school funding plan that meets constitutional muster.
Last month, the high court ruled that public schools are inadequately funded and that almost $2 billion in school aid is distributed inequitably among the 310 school districts. In a landmark decision that officials say undermines local control of schools, the court also said that the state is responsible for providing all of Arkansas public school children equal educational opportunities.
Members of the Senate Education Committee are: David Malone, Jodie Mahony, John E. Brown, Jim Argue, John A. Riggs, Jimmy Jeffress, and Hank Wilkins, IV.
Members of the House Education Committee are: M. Olin Cook, Calvin Johnson, Wilma Walker, Jim Magnus, Pat Bond, Mary Anne Salmon, Gene Jeffress, Paul Bookout, Herschel Cleveland, Robert J. White, Paul Weaver, Arnell Willis, Mary Beth Green, Phillip T. Jacobs, Steve Oglesby, Lindbergh Thomas, Harmon R. Seawel, Thomas Moore, Dwight Fite, Leroy Dangeau, Jake Files, Randy Minton, Shawn A. Womack, Marvin Parks, Dean Elliott, Joyce Dees, Mark Alan Smith, Bill Pritchard, and Ken Cowling.