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Arkansas lawmakers face crowded education agenda

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 9, 2012 at 1:58 p.m.

— Public education issues are expected to be at the top of the agenda for Arkansas lawmakers during next year’s legislative session.

Recent court rulings on student transfers and school funding join the desires of charter school and school voucher advocates.

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled last month that the state can’t take excess property tax revenue from wealthy school districts and redistribute the money to poorer districts. And a state law regarding the transfer of students between districts was struck down in June.

At the same time supporters of charter schools want reforms that could include replacing the state Board of Education as the entity that approves the schools. Another plan calls for private school scholarships that opponents say would take money away from public schools.

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mucky53 says... December 9, 2012 at 3:19 p.m.

The Arkansas Board of Education need to find out why the teacher in Nevada County school are not not in the classs room half of the time. The Aides are in the classes with no extract pay. this is why the kids are not doing well. The Superintendent has a buddy in the State Education department, so people complaints are swept under the rug. Please help those kids and the Aids. They deserve better than what they are getting.

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