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School Districts Want High Court to Take Back Arkansas School Funding

APRIL 25, 2005 - Posted at 12:52 p.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - At least 44 school districts expected to petition the state Supreme Court to join the Rogers School District in seeking to re-open the the school funding case.

Forrest City Superintendent Lee Vent says nearly one-fifth of the state's 254 school districts would file with the state Supreme Court to support the Rogers School District petition to re-open the landmark case.

Attorney David Matthews argued in the petition that legislators failed to adequately fund education during the regular legislative session that ended this month.  Monday was the deadline for parties to file briefs related to the petition.

At a news conference today, legislators defended their work to improve education in Arkansas, saying they believe their actions will withstand scrutiny by the state Supreme Court.

The court in 2002 declared the Arkansas school funding formula unconstitutional, saying it failed to distribute state aid fairly and didn't provide adequate funding.

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