Superintendents Gather in Forrest City to Discuss School Funding Concerns

APRIL 20, 2005 - Posted at 7:45 a.m. CDT

FORREST CITY, AR - More support for a movement to get the state Supreme Court to reopen the Lake View school funding case.

A group of about 30 Arkansas Delta school superintendents met yesterday in Forrest City where they agreed to urge their local school boards to petition the high court.  The Delta schools would join the Rogers School District in the petition.

Most of the Delta school districts lost funding in the public school budget approved in the legislative session that ended last week.

Superintendents from Helena-West Helena, Marvell, West Memphis, Brinkly and about a dozen other districts indicated they would ask their school boards to support the effort.

Rogers School District attorney David Matthews told the group their involvement might help sway the high court to reopen the case and reappoint special masters to ensure the state operates a constitutionally adequate public school system.  The state Supreme Court declared the state's education system constitutionally inadequate in 2002.

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