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Ballot Group Focusing on Arkansas Education Issues
by Kristin Higgins - March 30, 2022
Thirty years after the filing of a lawsuit over Arkansas' education funding formula,
a ballot issue group seeks the support of Arkansas voters to increase classroom funding.
Representatives ofArkansans for a World Class Educationfiled aproposalwith the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office in January. The Public Schools Amendment
of 2022 seeks to increase annual spending by $400 per child, increase teacher salaries,
and establish an independent Division of Primary and Secondary Education, among other
A spokesperson for the group said they are using volunteers to gather the more than
80,000 voter signatures they will need to collect by this summer to qualify for the
"We've had pretty good response from volunteers from around the state with people
collecting in south Arkansas, Texarkana and the Fayetteville area," said Julia Taylor,
the group's acting director and treasurer.
Taylor said the group's work had started before the pandemic, with parents, teachers
and others interested in education discussing what could be done to support schools.
Although education hasn't been on the ballot in recent years, Taylor mentioned the
impact of theLake View court case, which was filed in 1992 and ended in 2007.
Educational funding has improved since the court case, Taylor said, "but we have a
lot more money we can sink into education. We had a nearly billion dollar surplus