Senate Weighs In on Education Issues, House Endorses Workplace Smoking Ban - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Little Rock, AR

Senate Weighs In on Education Issues, House Endorses Workplace Smoking Ban

APRIL 6, 2006 - Posted at 3:54 p.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Senate has trimmed a proposed teacher pay raise to 2.4 percent in an effort to compromise with the House, which is pressing for an even lower raise.  The raise is to be part of a $132.5 million school-funding package.

The House Education Committee has withheld its endorsement of a proposal for an eight percent cap for administrative costs for school districts.  Members of the panel questioned the need for the bill, despite arguments from Education Commissioner Ken James that the bill would promote accountability.

Meanwhile, a House panel has unanimously endorsed an amended version of a bill that would ban workplace smoking.  The new version would now exempt small hotels and motels from the prohibition.  The measure must go back to the Senate.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Flooding reported in Thayer area

    Flooding reported in Thayer area

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:51 PM EDT2018-07-19 02:51:11 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:32 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:32:29 GMT
    (Source: Officer Bryant with Thayer PD)(Source: Officer Bryant with Thayer PD)

    Heavy rains on Wednesday have caused problems in a park in southeast Missouri, officials said Wednesday night. 

    Heavy rains on Wednesday have caused problems in a park in southeast Missouri, officials said Wednesday night. 

  • Batesville School District to arm staff members

    Batesville School District to arm staff members

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:11 PM EDT2018-07-19 02:11:14 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:19 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:19:02 GMT
    (Source: KARK)(Source: KARK)

    In an effort to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, the Batesville School District will allow staff members to carry guns during the upcoming school year.

    In an effort to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, the Batesville School District will allow staff members to carry guns during the upcoming school year.

  • JPD investigates allegations against the Salvation Army

    JPD investigates allegations against the Salvation Army

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:10 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:10:58 GMT
    Source: KAITSource: KAIT

    Jonesboro police are investigating the Salvation Army after allegations of misappropriation of funds by an employee.

    Jonesboro police are investigating the Salvation Army after allegations of misappropriation of funds by an employee.

Powered by Frankly