Lawyers File Written Testimony Today in School Funding Case

AUGUST 22, 2005 - Posted at 4:35 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Lawyers for school districts challenging the adequacy of public school funding filed papers with the state Supreme Court today to support their case.

Depositions from more than a dozen local officials are to supplement live testimony at a hearing scheduled to start next Monday before two former Supreme Court justices serving as fact-finders for the high court.

Forty-nine school districts claim legislative funding for this school year is inadequate for school districts to provide equal educational opportunities for all of Arkansas' 450,000 students.  They've asked the Supreme Court to find the state in contempt for failing to comply with a 2002 court mandate to adequately fund public education.

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