School Funding Lawyers to Appear Before High Court Today

MAY 20, 2004 - Posted at 7:38 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Lawyers on all sides of the state school funding case will be busy before the state Supreme Court today.  The high court scheduled a round of arguments today before deciding whether the state has complied with its 2002 order.  In that ruling, the high court ordered the state to overhaul a public education system that the court said was unconstitutional.

Lawyers expected to make final arguments today include those representing the Lake View School District, which filed the case that led to the high court's landmark decision; the Bentonville and Rogers intervenors, who successfully argued that school funding was inadequate; the Legislature, which contends lawmakers have complied with the order to improve the system; and Governor Huckabee, who contends that more school consolidation is needed.

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