Most Arkansas School Districts Are Within Proposed Cap, Data Shows

March 25, 2006 - Posted at 12:03 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ The Arkansas Education Department says 70 of

Arkansas' 251 school districts could be affected by a proposal to

cap administrative expenses at eight percent.

Governor Huckabee wants legislators to approve the cap if he

calls a special session.

Education officials say Arkansas' school districts spent an

average of six-point-five percent of their budgets on

administrative costs in 2004-2005. But the officials say methods of

classifying how money is spent can vary among districts and the

figure could change.

The administrative cap is one of several proposals Huckabee has

drafted for a special session. The governor says he hopes to issue

the call for a special session late next week.

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