Supreme Court Extends Deadline for School Funding Report

AUGUST 3, 2005 - Posted at 5:17 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Special masters will have an extra month to consider the latest challenge to Arkansas' way of funding its public schools.

The state Supreme Court said today its appointed masters for the school funding case could have until October 1, instead of September 1, to report on claims by dozens of school districts that the Legislature's actions this year didn't provide equal education opportunities for all students.

Masters Bradley Jesson of Fort Smith and David Newbern of Little Rock had planned hearings for July 26, but dropped that schedule when lawyers for the state and school districts said they needed more time to interview witnesses and gather other information.

Instead, a trial-like proceeding will begin August 29.

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