School funding has been an area of contention in the courts of nearly every state. Many of these court cases have challenged the constitutionality of state funding formulas, arguing the funding system was inadequate or inequitable because poor urban or rural districts often faced a disadvantage in garnering tax dollars for education. Specific to Arkansas, in the 1983 decision Dupree v. Alma School District, the Arkansas Supreme Court declared the state’s funding system was not meeting its constitutional requirements.
Shuls, James V. and Jensen, Nathan C., "Comprehensive Analysis of Arkansas Teacher Salaries: State, Region, and District" (2010). Arkansas Education Reports. 40.