One more hearing on education reform

(April 28, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Parties in the long-running public school funding case apparently will get one last chance to influence the state's highest court. Today, the court set oral arguments for May 20th on objections to a report filed April Second by two special masters appointed by the court. Former Supreme Court justices Brad Jesson and David Newbern filed their findings from hearings and documents taken during a two-month period. But the report made no recommendations to the court. The Supreme Court declared the state's public-school funding system unconstitutional in 2002. A recent special legislative session produced sweeping public education changes and 370 million dollars in new taxes to pay for them. The Supreme Court will decide if the state has done enough to meet a court order to make the system fair and adequate.