LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas House and Senate leaders are measuring support for a package of bills that would increase state funding to teacher insurance and overhaul the program to avoid rate hikes of up to 50 percent thousands of teachers will face next year next year.
House and Senate members on Friday received a list of bills that are being proposed for a potential special session to address the looming rate hikes. Gov. Mike Beebe has said he won't call lawmakers back to the Capitol unless there's consensus for the changes.
The proposals would lower the rate hike teachers face next year to 10 percent, with $43 million in surplus money being used to alleviate the hike next year. Ongoing funding would come from general revenue and redirecting other state funds.
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