April 8, 2006 - Posted at 12:52 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ The special session of the Arkansas
Legislature is over, after just five days of work. The lawmakers
recessed until May First, when they may come back to mop up any
problems discovered in legislation they approved.
The key piece of legislation was a 132-point-five million
dollar increase in school funding, which given final approval
yesterday. Lawmakers say they hope the new money will satisfy state
Supreme Court justices who said in December that the state didn't
provide enough money to educate Arkansas's 450-thousand school
The House and Senate had to strike a late deal to save the
package. Senators agreed to limit teacher pay raises to
one-point-six percent this year and two-point-four percent next
year. That's less than they wanted initially.