Week 2 of Special Session Begins Today

December 15, 2003 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - As the second week of the special session begins, two key proposals are pending in the Legislature.

One in the House would create a new two-tiered formula for distributing about $2.5 billion in school aid to the school's districts.  It's the first bill of the session to deal directly with replacing the existing funding formula that the state Supreme Court said is unconstitutional.

The other bill is in the Senate.  It is meant to clarify and strengthen academic standards and establish tough new requirements to test student and school performance.

Though separate pieces of legislation, standards in both bills eventually could be used to determine whether a struggling school district survives.

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