Court Declines to Rehear Decision to Drop School Case

SEPTEMBER 9, 2004 - Posted at 4:15 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Without comment, the state Supreme Court today denied a petition to re-hear the school funding case and drew a stinging rebuke from dissenters who accused the majority of shirking the court's constitutional responsibility.

On a 4-3 decision in June, the high court decided it would not maintain oversight of the 12-year-old case over funding of the state's public schools.  That decision came after the state Legislature this year adopted a variety of improvements in response to the court's 2002 decision declaring the system unconstitutional.

The same three justices who questioned that decision dissented in today's decision not to rehear the case.  Justice Tom Glaze wrote that the court should at least oversee the case until the Legislature holds its 2005 regular session.  Chief Justice Betty Dickey and Justice Donald Corbin joined in the dissent.

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