Senate Leader: School Funding Report Lacks Details

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Senate leader says a state-mandated report on what it costs to provide an adequate education for Arkansas' schoolchildren leaves too many questions unanswered on funding items.

State Senator Jim Argue, a Democrat from Little Rock, says the report contains too few answers on big funding issues, such as teacher salaries and fuel costs.

Argue complained today in a hearing of the Senate Education Committee.

The report reviewed by the education committee recommended ranges of increases in teachers' salaries and for funding some items such as extra duty funds and substitute teachers.  It did not include a recommended price tag on increasing funding for the state's public schools, or a recommended per-student amount that the state should use in funding its school districts.

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