Education remains the legislature's highest priority. While most budgets were flat, we continued to invest in Arkansas children by providing an increase in education funding - a slight one, but an increase nonetheless. Per-pupil funding currently is at $5,719. Legislation this year boosts that to $5,905 for the next school year and to $6,023 for the 2010-2011 school year. Even small, incremental increases are important. Additionally, we provided $15 million to assist teachers with the costs of their health insurance.