Huckabee Sets April 3 Target Date for Special Session

MARCH 21, 2006 - Posted at 7:47 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - April 3 is the target date Governor Huckabee has set for when he would like to start a special session on public education, if legislators can reach a concensus on funding matters and other issues by then.  That's what he told legislative leaders yesterday.

Senate President Pro Tem Jim Argue and House Speaker Bill Stovall spoke with Huckabee in a conference call.  They talked about recommendations for nearly $139 million in additional funding for Arkansas' schools.

Argue said that Huckabee told the lawmakers that April 3 is his target date.

Members of the House and Senate are to meet tomorrow to see whether the chambers are close to supporting a package of bills.  They hope to address a state Supreme Court ruling that found fault with the way Arkansas supports its 450,000-student public school system.

Justices last year gave the state until December 1 to address shortcomings.

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