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State lawmakers study impact of schools ruling

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 30, 2012 at 12:37 p.m.

— Arkansas lawmakers say they’re unsure what steps to take next year to address a state Supreme Court ruling that said school districts that collect more in property tax revenue than state-mandated school funding levels can keep the money.

Legislators said Friday that they were still reviewing the high court’s decision that the state can’t redistribute the excess revenue from districts where higher property tax collections pushed the districts above total school funding levels set by state law.

Gov. Mike Beebe and other officials say the ruling undermines changes intended to provide equitable education funding.

The top House Republican has disputed that idea and says it doesn’t threaten those efforts.

Legislative leaders say they’re unsure whether they’ll pass a measure giving the state the right to redistribute the funds.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... November 30, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.

If these other districts want to spend more, let them raise their taxes to pay for THEIR childrens education. Redistribute------ sounds like socialism to me. What about the three school districts in Pulaski county, are they sending out millions to poor rural school districts? Heck NO. And the legislature is trying to usurp the Judges decision. Go for it. There will be another lawsuit.

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Bart says... November 30, 2012 at 3:08 p.m.

Yep. Gov. Mike Obama Beebe is fully committed to redistribution. Not only dumb down but make all districts as poor as the poorest. You should not have a better house, car or better food than the poorest either. What do they call that system? Hummm...

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