Ark. House approves boost in per-student funding

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas House has approved increasing the per-student funding public schools receive from the state by 2%.

The House voted 92-0 Tuesday to approve the bill that would increase the per-student funding amount schools receive from $6,267 to $6,393 next school year. The following year, the per-student amount would increase to $6,521 under the legislation.

The measure would cost the state about $58 million additionally each year. The proposal now heads to the Senate.

A legislative committee last year recommended that Arkansas increase per-student funding between 1.8% and 2.5%. The recommendation was part of a report that the Legislature is required by law to issue to define what it costs to provide an adequate education.

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