June 16, 2003
Posted at: 9:12 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Governor Huckabee continues to warn that it could cost $1 billion to improve the state's public schools if the system is not changed.
The state is under order by the Arkansas Supreme Court to make funding adequate and fair for the state's 450-thousand public school children. The governor says smaller districts can survive if they can meet tougher standards efficiently. He says small districts can partner with other districts of their choice if they can't.
The governor says his proposal is consistent with research by consultants advising a special legislative panel studying adequacy in Arkansas education. The research suggests that the optimum size for a high school is 500 students.