School Districts, State Go Another Round in Funding Case

NOVEMBER 17, 2005 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Supreme Court is to hear oral arguments this morning on whether it should re-open the school funding case.

The matter is back before the court because 49 school districts petitioned to re-open the case.  The districts argue that the Legislature failed in its recent session to meet its legal commitment to fund the schools sufficiently to provide an educational opportunity for all 450,000 Arkansas public school children.

In filings last week, Assistant Attorney General Tim Gauger said the court should reverse its 2002 decision that the state failed to adequately fund its schools and should reject the recommendations by two special masters that criticized funding levels.

Each side will get 30 minutes at the hearing.

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