Huckabee: Compliance with Education Ruling a Must

June 26, 2003 - Posted at: 10:20 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Governor Huckabee says rural residents don't have to like a court order to overhaul public education but do have to comply.

Any plan to reform education in the state will likely involve at least some school consolidation, a move opposed by many who live in rural communities.

Legislators are scheduled to return to the Capitol in September for a special session on education. They failed to find solutions to the state's education woes during the regular session, which ended in April.

Huckabee says he hopes the session will be a success. But legislators from rural areas and other small-school advocates say they see little hope for compromise when the Legislature reconvenes.

During the regular session, rural legislators and superintendents fought a Huckabee-backed plan to consolidate high schools in districts with fewer than 1,500 students.

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