LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A shortfall in state revenue will mean about $36.2 million fewer dollars for Arkansas? Public School Fund budget.
The fund was cut by $44 million in January — but nearly $7 million was taken from reserves to offset that cut. The remainder of the cuts will be made in about two dozen state education initiatives.
The standardized testing program and the Arkansas Public School Computer Network system are each being cut by about $1 million. And a program for schools where high percentages of students take the rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, teacher merit pay plans and bonuses for speech-language pathologists are being cut more than $1 million.
Another $20 million is being cut from a program for districts that saw increased enrollment this year.