Six Region 8 Schools Asking High Court to Intervene

January 15, 2004 - Posted at 12:08 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Six Region 8 school districts are among twenty in Arkansas that have asked the state Supreme Court to intervene in the case that led to the court delcaration that Arkansas' school funding system is unconstitutional.

The school districts said in filings today they are members of the plaintiff class in the Lake View School District case but have special concerns they want represented.

The court set today as the deadline for written arguments on a petition filed by attorney Bill Lewallen in the Lake View case.  Lewallen is seeking a court ruling that the state failed to meet a January 1 deadline to address the court's finding that school funding was inadequate and inequitable.

The petition also asked the court to stop funding to all state services that aren't constitutionally required as long as the school-funding system is unconstitutional.

The high court has set oral arguments for Monday.

Lewallen and Attorney General Mike Beebe are to file written arguments today.

Local school districts asking for intervention include Armorel, Biggers-Reyno, Earle, Evening Shade, Swifton and Weiner.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)