DECEMBER 28, 2005 - Posted at 3:23 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee and other Arkansas lawmakers say it's possible to fix the state's school funding shortfalls without a special session next year. Nearly two weeks ago the state Supreme Court issued a December 1, 2006 deadline to adequately fund public schools.
Huckabee has been reluctant to say whether he will call a special legislative session. He told The Associated Press there are circumstances where legislators could meet a court mandate without returning to the state Capitol next year.
Terry Jean Seligman, a law professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, said the court's decision gives legislators room to decipher a response.
He said the only specific actions the court called for are compliance with legislation passed in a 2003 special session to regularly assess adequacy and to make education a funding priority.