April 9, 2006 - Posted at 2:28 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Lawmakers hope additional money for public
school systems will finally end the decades-old school-funding case
that drew them back to Little Rock last week.
The Legislature finished a special session yesterday with an
additional one hundred-and-32-point-five million dollars for
the state's schools. Lawmakers also raised the state's minimum wage
and banned smoking in most workplaces.
Governor Huckabee said it was significant that lawmakers
accomplished those goals, along with dozens of others, in just five
days. He said "this Legislature deserves to be remembered as
the finest group of men and women who have ever gathered in the
name of the General Assembly.
Overall, the Legislature approved nearly two hundred million
dollars in additional money for the state's school districts.
Thirteen million will go to isolated and declining school
districts, and up to $50 million is for a program to repair
crumbling school buildings.