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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Some School Administrators Asking Lawmakers To Take Another Look At School Funding

April 25, 2005 -- Posted at 11:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- An action filed on behalf of several schools in Arkansas asks the Arkansas State Supreme Court to revisit the issue of school funding.

Valley View is considering joining the more than 40 districts expected to petition the state's supreme court.

"One of the things it is not, is a lawsuit. It's an action asking the Supreme Court to look at some things that has happened in this last legislative session," said Valley View Superintendent, Dr. Radius Baker.

"I realize that education is an incredibly emotional and volatile issue.....," said Senator Tim Wooldridge.

He says the legislature has put an incredible amount of energy into the funding formula, but he says legislators did not want tax residents anymore.

"It's my estimation that we did the best we could do with the money," said Wooldridge.

State Representative Dustin McDaniel says the 85th general assembly gave more attention and money to public schools than ever in the history of the state.

"There's a lot of money that is going into education--over and above what was going into it last year. The court found we were doing what we were supposed to do. If the court decides they are going to step back into this, it really means there is a moving target that is going to be really hard to figure out for the future," said McDaniel.

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