Masters to Hold Conference on School Funding Case

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Lawyers on both sides of the Lake View school funding case say a hearing before court-appointed masters today will move the state closer to concluding the long-running battle.

Rogers School District Attorney David Matthews says the effort to improve school funding and facilities should at least be very close to what the state Supreme Court has ordered. The high court has ordered the state to improve funding for educating the state's 450,000 school children.

In a filing last week, attorneys for the four school districts challening the state's school funding efforts listed several bills they say address all remaining issues in the Lake View case.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and Matthews agree that it's up to the masters and the state Supreme Court to decide whether the state has met its obligation to adequately fund its 450,000-student school district.