House and Senate education committees have approved a study on the adequacy of state and local funding for public education that recommends an increase of between $34 million and $59 million a year.

The study by the Joint Adequacy Evaluation Oversight Subcommittee said annual base school funding should be increased by between 1.3% and 2.2%. The study also said Arkansas schools should receive an additional $24 million a year for the next two years to pay for higher transportation costs due to the increasing cost of diesel fuel.

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