December 12, 2003 - Posted at 2:08 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A move to mandate training for school board members failed to pass a legislative committee this morning. The House Education Committee rejected the bill offered by Representative Betty Pickett, a Conway Democrat.
Legislators began meeting in special session Monday. They have until January 1 to meet a court order for a plan to bring Arkansas' failing public school system up to a Constitutional standard.
Pickett's bill would have mandated twelve hours of training for new school board members and six hours of training each year for existing board members. Opponents argued it was unfair to require such training because board members are not paid for their services.