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State Chamber of Commerce Asking High Court Not to Intervene in School Funding Case

APRIL 26, 2005 - Posted at 7:57 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state Chamber of Commerce is among those asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to give recent school reforms more time to work.  The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas filed a brief with the high court yesterday asking it not to reopen the Lake View School District school funding case.  The case resulted in a 2002 court decision that the state's school funding system was unconstitutional.  The Legislature then made major funding changes over recent legislative sessions.  Two weeks ago, the Rogers School District petitioned the court, saying the Legislature has gone back on commitments to education and hasn't met the court's concerns.  The Rogers district asked the court to reopen the case and force legislators to make changes to the system.

In its filing, the state chamber said the Legislature and Governor Huckabee have made "great strides" in education and those advances remain intact.  The business group said "no good legal reason exist" for the Supreme Court to reopen the case.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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