December 20, 2002
Posted at: 8:30 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Lawyers who challenged Arkansas' school funding formula say the state must pay teachers more, provide better facilities and pare the number of school districts.
Former legislators Bill Lewellen and David Matthews were lawyers for the Lakeview School District in the successful challenge to the school-funding system. They appeared today before a special legislative committee formed to evaluate the court decision and responses to it.
They warned that fixing the funding scheme that the state Supreme Court ruled was unfair and inadequate would be costly. Matthews said education problems in Arkansas can't be fixed without money, and lots of it.