Education Solutions Not Apparent As Session Ends

April 15, 2003
Posted at: 5:27 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The legislative session is about to end with only modest progress, if that, toward bringing about improvements in public education.

Some legislators say they are not pleased. Representative Calvin Johnson is chairman of the House Education Committee.

He says the legislature has not done its work. Legislators are expected to return in September to take up education reforms and how to fund them.

The state is under a state Supreme Court deadline of January 1 to make public school funding adequate and fair. A joint legislative committee is set to meet with education consultants throughout the summer.

The panel is to determine what constitutes an adequate education and what it will cost per student to meet the court mandate.

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