Masters meet

(March 10, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Two former Supreme Justices are to hear arguments from lawyers challenging Arkansas' school-funding formula. The lawyers claim the Legislature fell short of complying with a court order to overhaul the state's public school system. The two special masters were appointed by the state Supreme Court are to meet today and tomorrow. They are developing a report for the high court on steps the state took before and after a January first court-set deadline for overhauling public education. The special masters are evaluating the state's compliance with an order to provide equal educational opportunities to all of the state's nearly 450-thousand students.