High Court To Decide Monday on Future of Funding for State Government

January 3, 2004 - Posted at 11:34 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state Supreme Court isn't expected to make a decision until Monday on a motion asking it to stop funding state government until Arkansas complies with an order to overhaul its school system.

Lawyers for the tiny eastern Arkansas Delta school district in Lake View filed the motion yesterday with the Arkansas Supreme Court, asking the court to halt the flow of money to all but state services required by the state constitution.

The state is under an order from the high court to correct funding deficiencies that justices said had rendered the school system unconstitutionally unfair and inadequate.  The deadline was January first, but legislators missed that mark.

The court entered a filing dated Thursday declaring the case closed, leaving unclear whether it would consider a motion such as the one filed Friday or whether complainants would have to start a new case.

Joan Owens, chief deputy to state Supreme Court Clerk Les Steen, said the high court was not likely to consider the Lake View motion before Monday.

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