July 15, 2003 - Posted at: 1:45 p.m. CDT
SHERIDAN, Ark. -- Governor Huckabee says the state is racing toward a deadline that it has to find a way to meet in improving its public schools.
Huckabee told the Sheridan Rotary Club Tuesday that failure to meet a January 1 court deadline for overhauling public education could result in what he called a ``court-appointed school czar'' running Arkansas' public schools.
The governor says a worst-case scenario could be the state Supreme Court designating a single school district in every county with a court master determining who runs the system.
After his speech, Huckabee said he's not turning up the rhetoric but simply laying out the possibilities for Arkansans who will eventually foot the bill for whatever school structure emerges.
Huckabee proposes reducing the number of school districts so the state can afford a range of education improvements.