State Objects to View of Early Childhood Education Role

APRIL 22, 2004 - Posted at 4:34 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state's top lawyer says early-childhood education should not be included in considerations of how to improve Arkansas' public education system.

Today Attorney General Mike Beebe  filed the state's response to a state Supreme Court report education reforms.  The report was compiled by two special masters appointed by the state Supreme Court.

The filing praised the two masters, Bradley Jesson and David Newbern, for summarizing the legislation and regulations enacted in response to the Supreme Court's November 2002 opinion that the public education system is unconstitutional.

However, the five-page report disputed the notion that pre-kindergarten education be mandatory.

Other than that, Beebe said the state was pleased with the 128-page report Jesson and Newburn filed on April 2.

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