July 8, 2003 - Posted at: 3:04 p.m. CDT
CABOT, Ark. -- Governor Huckabee said Tuesday he will leave it to legislators to set efficiency levels that small school districts will have to reach to survive under his school restructuring plan.
The governor says rural legislators opposed to consolidation will have to consider the high cost of providing a rich curriculum in well-equipped classrooms to only a handful of students.
Huckabee said the education issue is not about consolidating schools, but about trying to deliver educational services to every child in a way that won't break the backs of Arkansas taxpayers.
The governor is promoting his plans to overhaul the state's public schools, visiting educators today in Bryant and Cabot.