JULY 13, 2004 - Posted at 3:13 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Lawmakers began considering today whether to make school districts pay for court-ordered renovations to their buildings.
The statewide project is to top $1 billion. A legislative committee overseeing the plan is considering whether local districts should be billed based on their ability to pay.
A decision is expected as early as next month.
The Legislature created the special committee as part of its response to a state Supreme Court decision that declared Arkansas' school funding system unconstitutionally inequitable and inadequate.
Lawmakers have approved, among other things, a $10 million facilities assessment. Assessment teams are evaluating more than $80 million square feet of school buildings this summer.