Author: Senator Greg Standridge

State Capitol Week in Review

The Senate and House Education Committees have begun work on the next adequacy determination for public schools. Funding levels for this year and next year have already been set, which means that the legislative adequacy study now underway is going to determine school funding levels for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The adequacy study includes visits to selected schools across Arkansas, as well as surveys of superintendents, principals and teachers. It also includes data from the Arkansas Public School Computer Network, which keeps records on student achievement, school finances and facilities. By November 1, the Education Committees will decide...

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State Capitol Week in Review

LITTLE ROCK – The Highway Commission voted to begin an effort to put a proposal on next year’s ballot, so that Arkansas voters can decide whether to increase spending on highway and bridge improvements. The vote was 5-to-0. The details will be worked out during future meetings and the Commission expressed hopes that a final plan would be ready by October. After the substance of a highway program is finalized, supporters of the initiative can begin collecting signatures. The governor has said that voters should have an opportunity to vote on a highway plan. During the 2017 regular session...

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