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Legislators Ponder Whether School Action Adequate

MAY 9, 2005 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Dozens of Arkansas school districts have claimed in court filings that legislators did not do enough for public education in the regular session that is due to adjourn this week.

The districts have asked the state Supreme Court to intervene by Friday's official close of the session and force the Legislature to allocate more to schools.  The Legislature spent $172 million in additional revenue to the schools for next academic year.

State Senator Percy Malone of Arkadelphia says he's comfortable with the Legislature's action, but he says the pending state Supreme Court hearing worries him.

Malone says the court could order the Legislature to come up with more money.  But Malone says the Legislature put education first, as was its court-ordered priority.

The Rogers School District and others want the high court to take back jurisdiction for Arkansas public schools.

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

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