ERIC Number: ED452601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-23
The Arkansas School Finance Case: Is It Over Yet?
Schoppmeyer, Martin W.
This paper reports on the protracted history of the Arkansas school-finance case, the longest-running school-finance lawsuit in the United States. It details in chronological sequence the lawsuit filed in 1992 by the Lakeview School District, a very small all African-American school district alleging that the state school-finance plan was unconstitutional. In 1994, the Chancery Court found that the state plan violated the educational and equal protection sections of the Arkansas Constitution and gave the state 2 years to "enact and implement appropriate legislation in conformity with... [this]... opinion." The school-finance law was found to fail on the basis of both equity and efficiency, and the state was ordered to develop a new system. Since, 1995, different governors, a slow-moving judge, and a second suit accusing the state of inadequacy have further complicated and delayed the original decision. (DFR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (Cincinnati, OH, March 23, 2001).