Attorney Says Teacher Salaries Not Only Issue in Funding Case

FEBRUARY 7, 2006 - Posted at 3:49 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislators began a round of committee meetings today that could produce the foundation of a special session to improve Arkansas public schools.

A lawyer with the state attorney general's office cautioned legislators today to focus on more than teacher salaries when working toward an adequate funding level.

The House and Senate committees on education are conducting the hearings to craft a response to a state Supreme Court decision that found Arkansas' school funding system inadequate.

Legislators didn't raise per-student funding in their last session.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Tim Gauger told legislators that funding levels have to be based on need, not available revenues.

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