Achievement gaps, performance
The 2013-14 school year marks ten years since the Arkansas General Assembly passed legislation to construct a new K-12 funding system in response to a 2002 Arkansas Supreme Court ruling in the decades-long court case, Lake View School District No. 25 v. Huckabee. The General Assembly established a foundation formula to provide adequate funding to districts across the state and created categorical funding to provide additional equity funding to districts based on need. In doing so, the state provides additional funding to districts based on the number of students that are English Language Learners, in alternative learning environments, or from low-income households (National School Lunch Act funding). With the post-Lake View funding structure, the state seeks to equalize educational opportunities for all students.
Burks, Sarah M. and Ritter, Gary W., "Performance of All Student Subgroups in Arkansas: Moving Beyond Achievement Gaps" (2014). Arkansas Education Reports. 25.