Arkansas Governor's School Consolidation Plan Moves Forward in Senate

Albanese, Elizabeth
March 2003
Bond Buyer;3/19/2003, Vol. 343 Issue 31596, p24
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A bill that has been claimed by Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee as an answer to the state's school funding dilemma has won a 5-to-1 vote of approval from U.S. Senate Education Committee on March 17, 2003. Huckabee, who announced the proposal in his state of the state address, has said that streamlining Arkansas' school systems is the only way to free up enough available cash to meet the demands of a November order by the state Supreme Court to fund schools more equitably and adequately by Jan. 1, 2004. Arkansas officials maintain that while the majority of the state's approximately 3.5 billion dollar annual budget goes to public education, there is not enough revenue to significantly increase school funding. In order to secede from the larger district, Pulaski County would have to hold an election and get permission to establish a second district from the federal courts, the state Board of Education, and the Arkansas attorney general.


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