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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.)

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