House Panel Okays School Funding Jump; Masters Hold Conference

FEBRUARY 23, 2007 - Posted at 7:21 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Lawyers for districts that joined in a challenge of the state's school-financing system say a $121 million increase in per-student funding is a good sign.  That observation yesterday came the same day that a House panel endorsed bills providing the new money.

David Matthews, an attorney for the Rogers School District, referred to the legislation at a case conference with a pair of masters appointed by the state Supreme Court to review the state's school-funding efforts.  Matthews said that the two bills and other education proposals may resolve the issues raised by schools in the long-running Lake View case.

The proposals were endorsed unanimously by the House Education Committee.  They would provide the typical school district with a $214 per-pupil increase in funding by the 2009 fiscal year.

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