Senate Panel Trips House Consolidation Alternative

December 30, 2003 - Posted at 7:42

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Though they haven't agreed on a major reform plan, legislators are moving to boost funding for public schools before a New Year's Day court deadline.

The House yesterday passed a new school-funding bill that would spread an additional $330 million among Arkansas' 308 school districts in the 2004-05 academic year.

The Joint Budget Committee later approved a proposed stop-gap funding change that would channel districts about $16.5 million dollars more this school year to help students overcome barriers to learning caused by poverty.

Today, the House Education Committee is to take up Governor Huckabee's plan to consolidate school districts with more than 500 students.

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