State Lawmakers to Give Price Range for Adequate School Funding

AUGUST 31, 2006 - Posted at 8:14 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas lawmakers have accepted a consultant's report on adequately funding Arkansas' public education system.  But the Senate and House interim committees on education didn't come up with a final recommendation on the price tag.  The committee is required by law to come up with a report on what constitutes an adequate education, and the committee report is due tomorrow.  Legislative staff are expected to come up with a range on the costs and the committee plans to have further recommendations before the legislative session begins in January.

Allan Odden of the University of Wisconsin and Larry Picus of the University of Southern California were consultants on the project.  They say the state should increase its per student funding by $237 million overall and should increase its funding for districts with poor students by $104 million.

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