Better education would pay

(November 19, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- A new report says increases in funding for education would, over time, raise the per capita income in Arkansas. The report says a less-educated work force accounts for two-thirds of the reason why Arkansas' per capita income is 75 percent of the national average. Catching up would take a generation. That's from a report issued yesterday by the Southern Education Foundation. The report says the state should spend as much as one-point-two billion dollars more per year to improve public schools. That total is on the high end of other spending recommendations the state has received as it explores how to improve the schools. The state is under a court order to provide adequate and fair funding for public schools.