January 27, 2003
Posted at: 4:17 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The House this afternoon approved legislation setting up a committee to define an adequate education.
The bill, HB 1115, by Calvin Johnson of Pine Bluff was approved 97-to-0 without debate. The bill now moves to the Senate. The committee is to determine timelines for improvement, costs, and which agencies will be involved.
The committee is to report by July 1 to the Legislature and the governor. The committee is to have eleven members.
Five members would be from the House and five from the Senate, with Ray Simon, director of the state Department of Education, serving as a non-voting member.
The chairmen of the House and Senate education committees would serve on the joint committee with each chair appointing two members from of that person's chambers. Two members would be appointed by the House speaker and two by the Senate president pro tempore.