Senate, House to Develop Specifics on School Funding Proposal

MARCH 16, 2006 - Posted at 4:11 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislators opened a day of meetings today hoping to reach a concensus that Governor Huckabee says is necessary before he will call them into a special session on education.  Legislators this year want to address a school funding system the state Supreme Court found unconstitutional.

Justices last December said Arkansas wasn't funding public school properly.  It gave the state until December 1 to correct the funding formula and address deficiencies in school buildings.

Today's meetings began with a meeting of the Joint Adequacy Study Oversight Committee.  The committee is devising a study to detail costs for adequate education in Arkansas in fiscal year 2008-2009.  Such studies were mandated by legislation passed by the 2003 special session.

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