Arkansas committee proposes changes to school funding system

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas advisory committee has proposed changes to how the state distributes funds to school districts for building-related costs.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Advisory Committee on Public School Academic Facilities' Tuesday proposal calls for the state to use the highest 10-year enrollment figures and median income in a district to determine eligibility for state funding.

The report says the state's current system puts districts that see a drop in enrollment at a disadvantage.

The committee also requested the state set aside $90 million for school construction costs. Arkansas has been contributing to school construction costs since 2004 after the state Supreme Court ruled that the state's public school system was inadequate and inequitable.

The Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation Commission has delayed action on the report until later this year.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com


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