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Arkansas Supreme Court masters say legislators failed education

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Supreme Court masters today said Arkansas' legislators reneged on a promise to make education the state's top spending priority, saying they should have spent more on public schools during this year's session of the General Assembly.

The masters' report that was delivered to Arkansas' Supreme Court justices said it's difficult to defend keeping spending at 54-hundred dollars per-student, the same level as last year's funding.

Masters Bradley Jesson and David Newbern said it appeared legislators didn't account for either routine or extraordinary cost increases. They said the predictable rise in the cost of textbooks, food and general supplies would have justified a cost of living increase.

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