Legislators Debate How To Dole Money Out To Districts

December 9, 2003 - Posted at 10:57 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislators began the second day of a special session on education this morning, discussing how to send money from the state to school districts.

At issue is whether to base funding on a set amount per student or on a lump sum that would be given to school districts with specifications for the number of teachers to be hired and other needs.

Experts have estimated the state must spend $847 million more on education to meet a state Supreme Court mandate declaring Arkansas' public school system unconstitutional.

Legislators have until January 1 to meet the court's deadline.

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