Arkansas Supreme Court Partially Revives Arkansas School-Funding Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:46 pm  

The state argued before the court last month that allowing the lawsuit to move forward would lead to "continual litigation" over the same issues addressed in the Lake View ruling and could prompt other schools to file claims as a way to negotiate more money from the state Legislature.

Justices, however, indicated that they didn't want to continually monitor the state's school funding system and said the court decided when ending the Lake View case that it would "no longer look over the shoulder" of the Legislature.

"DMJ asks this court to maintain our jurisdiction over the school-funding cases to make sure that the General Assembly is continually adjusting the school-funding scheme to maintain its constitutionality," Justice Karen Baker wrote in the opinion. "This we will not do."

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