What does a group of Arkansas school districts do when their own state's government refuses to appropriate sufficient funding for education? They file a lawsuit:
Arkansas believed it settled a long-running fight over school funding last year, but nearly a quarter of the state's school districts were back in court Thursday accusing the Legislature of neglecting education.I wonder if its occurred to anyone in Arkansas that the only people that this type of bickering benefits are the lawyers.
Lawyers for 47 districts -- from rich northwestern Arkansas and the poorer Delta -- told the Arkansas Supreme Court it was obligated to reopen a lawsuit that led to changes in the way the state funds its public school system.
In a 2002 ruling, justices said Arkansas' state government had a constitutional duty to provide a properly funded school system, with money shared equally among districts and their students.
A lawyer for the Legislature and Gov. Mike Huckabee said, however, if districts are unhappy with their appropriations, they should file a new lawsuit.
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