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School Funding

The State of Education in Arkansas 2008: How Much Are Arkansas Schools Spending?

Volume 5, Issue 1 
April 15, 2008 

In this report, we assess the extent to which Arkansas has improved the adequacy and equity of the state’s school funding system since the landmark Lake View court case. The data presented in this report indicate that the changes to Arkansas’ funding formula, which resulted in significant funding increases, dramatically enhanced the resource adequacy of the public school system.

The State of Education in Arkansas 2008: How Much Are Arkansas Schools Spending? (PDF)

AYP in Arkansas: Who’s on Track?

Volume 3, Issue 2 
June 1, 2006 

Nearly a quarter of Arkansas’ public schools failed to make adequate yearly progress in 2004-05 under the NCLB legislation and were therefore classified as being in “school improvement” status for the 2005-06 school year. OEP analyzed data for all Arkansas schools on the list of needing improvement, as compared to all schools that did make AYP during.

AYP in Arkansas: Who’s on Track? (PDF)

Placing Arkansas School Funding Data in the National Context

Volume 2, Issue 2 
April 1, 2005 

In the Lake View v Huckabee school funding lawsuit, the Arkansas Supreme Court found the state’s school funding system unconstitutional because it did not provide an “adequate and equitable” education to all students. In light of the court’s ruling, this paper addresses the adequacy of the Arkansas system by examining levels of expenditure, teacher salary levels, and school performance.

Placing Arkansas School Funding Data in the National Context (PDF)