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Huckabee Calls on Legislators to End School Funding Case as Session Begins This Afternoon

APRIL 3, 2006 - Posted at 3:24 p.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee told legislators meeting in a special session today that it's time to end a decades-old fight over Arkansas' school funding problems.

The governor says a resolution is long overdue.

Last week, Governor Huckabee characterized the long-running Lake View school funding case as a monster that has haunted the state. 

He said it's time for legislators to drive wooden stakes through its heart and fire the silver bullet at it.

The case was brought by the now-defunct Lake View School District.  The state Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that Arkansas failed to fund school adequately and that the money spent was distributed unfairly.  In December, justices again found problems in the funding plan. 

Huckabee last week summoned legislators back to Little Rock to address school funding and take up other matters.  In all, there are 35 items on the agenda for legislators, who hope to complete their tasks by Friday.

Among the bills to be considered is one that would prohibit school districts from using state-provided aid to fund lawsuits challenging the state funding system.

The governor says the bill would help make sure that money meant for students actually goes to them.

Huckabee also voiced support for a statewide smoking ban for workplaces, and asked legislators to pray for Arkansans who lost property and suffered injuries during a series of tornadoes that hit the state yesterday.

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

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