Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 90th General Assembly
November 3rd, 2016 • News

November 3, 2016 – Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 90th General Assembly.

In this week’s report:

    • Pay close attention when legislators debate spending bills, because a person’s priorities are revealed when it is time to vote on money matters
    • Members of the Arkansas State Senate and House committees on education are struggling to determine how much state funding should be dedicated to public schools
    • Some legislators want to provide an increase in funding for schools to cover the costs of inflation, accommodations for students with special needs, and updates to aging facilities
    • Another significant cost for public schools is transportation. Fuel prices are currently low, but the expenses associated with operating school buses can go up in a hurry
    • Keeping schools adequately funded is the right thing to do, and it is mandated in the Arkansas State Constitution
    • In the 15-year-long Lake View School District case, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled consistently that school funding must be equitable and adequate
    • In 2004, the Supreme Court released Arkansas schools from its jurisdiction but was forced to reopen the case a year later because the Legislature had failed to follow through on mandated educational improvements
    • The Legislature then approved a package of bills that enhanced funding for special education, schools with a high percentage of students living in poverty, rural and isolated school districts, and pre-kindergarten programs
    • After the 2007 session, the Supreme Court again released schools from its jurisdiction, recognizing that legislators had taken their constitutional duty to provide adequate funding for public education seriously
    • Current legislators should not jeopardize these historic accomplishments that have pushed our state education system forward
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