Legislators Go Back To Work Today After Brief Holiday Respite

December 26, 2003 - Posted at 7:28 a.m. CDT, updated at 10:26 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Because of a technical mistake, the Arkansas House will not consider a bill today to change the state's school-funding formula.  Legislators have until next Thursday to overhaul the existing funding system under a state Supreme Court order.

If they fail to do so, they would leave the state open to a lawsuit enjoining the state from distributing money through an unconstitutional system.

The $2.5 billion funding formula that was to be considered by House leaders and rushed through committee on Tuesday.  It was among the last ditch efforts to meet the court deadline.

House Speaker Herschel Cleveland is chief sponsor of the bill.

Governor Huckabee is opposed to the measure, as are others in the Legislature, who say the funding proposal would penalize large districts and reward inefficiencies in smaller districts.

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