Special Session on Education Finally Ends...With Uncertainty

JUNE 9, 2004 - Posted at 3:15 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The record-long special legislative session on education has formally ended.  But, uncertainty remains over whether the sweeping changes legislators approved are enough to satisfy a court order to overhaul Arkansas' public school system.

Legislators recessed on February 6, came back March 4 to override a veto and pass technical corrections, then recessed until today.

The meeting lasted long enough to hear the final gavel on a record-long 61-day session in which the General Assembly attempted to respond to the state Supreme Court's edict to breathe new life into a failing school system.

House Speaker Herschel Cleveland, a Democrat from Paris, said he hopes the Legislature's remedies will satisfy the court.

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