Huckabee Disappointed with Public Reaction to School Plan

January 27, 2003
Posted at: 3:50 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Governor Huckabee says he is not hearing enough about what matters most about his plan to improve Arkansas' public education system.

Huckabee spent an hour this morning answering questions from Arkansans who called his radio talk show. Afterward, the governor said he was disappointed that he is hearing so many comments about saving school traditions and too few questions about whether students will have improved access to courses that will give them a chance at a better life.

The governor has proposed grouping high schools into larger administrative units to provide equal educational opportunities for all school children. But he says as few as ten percent of all high school students would go to another school under his plan.

During the call-in show on the Arkansas Radio Network, Arkansans asked questions ranging from ``Why break up a small district with good test scores?'' to ``What happens to superintendents who lose their jobs?'' In answering the questions, the governor mentioned charter schools and the need to make sacrifices.

Huckabee said there would be no long bus trips, no overloaded classrooms and absolute school choice under his proposal. The governor said, however, that parents would have to foot the bill for transporting a student to another school if they decided that their local school wasn't good enough.

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