LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Lawmakers are also split over a school funding issue and considering amending an existing law, so all districts are adequately funded.
Deciding how to fund all school districts in the state and meet their needs will be a big task come legislative session. Senator Jason Rapert of Conway will be on the education committee.
"There's an opportunity for us to make an amendment on how that money is distributed, and that will do away with the problem," said Senator Rapert, R - Conway. "I do not want us to be in a situation again and lawsuits come up because schools don't have funding and can't take care of their students. It's incumbent on the legislature to act quickly on this matter."
Amending how tax revenues are disbursed is one option. Senator Jimmy Jeffress currently co-chairs the education committee and doesn't like tampering with the law.
"If the General Assembly can come in every two years and willy-nilly change the law, then nobody will be able to plan ahead without being fearful legislature will change anything," said Sen. Jeffress, D - Crossett.
Jeffress, who will not be in the legislature next year, said he would wait to see if the Supreme Court will change its decision that wealthier school districts can keep excess revenue. Before, the state would re-distribute the funds to other districts.
"Most of the districts in the state don't have wealth on their own to come up with that amount of money," he said.
Some of these funding issues could have been resolved if the courts would also rule Pulaski County Special School District unitary. A federal judge in Little Rock this week denied the district's request for partial unitary status, and it's receiving millions of tax payer money each year.
The education committee doesn't meet again until next year.
The attorney general's office said they have to submit a petition by Dec. 17, but they told lawmakers the Supreme Court will likely not rehear the case.