Court Won't Reconsider Funding Decision

December 19, 2002
Posted at: 3:00 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Some school officials are pleased with the Supreme Court's action Thursday regarding school funding, while others have concerns.

The state Supreme Court refused to reconsider a range of issues raised after its landmark decision declaring the state formula unconstitutional.

Randy Hughes, superintendent of the DeLight School District, welcomed the court's decision. He says he feared the state had missed an opportunity to raise more local school money by questioning the court's interpretation of an amendment regarding millage rates.

The state Education Department says three-quarters of school districts that now count debt service millage as part of their operating revenue would be forced to seek property tax increases.

The Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators says poor districts will continue to struggle to cover the basics.