$85 Million Spent On Arkansas High School Athletics

February 26, 2006 - Posted at 1:27 p.m. CST


_ A new report shows Arkansas spent 85

million dollars for high school athletic programs last year -- an

amount equal to 190 dollars per public school student.

The report by the state Education Department is a requirement of

a law passed during the special legislative session in 2004. The

first report last year showed athletics spending totaled 62

million dollars.

Representative Betty Pickett, a Conway Democrat, sponsored the

legislation. She says this year's report is a closer reflection of

what is actually spent than last year's report. But Pickett says

she believes there is more spending that should be reported.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)