Education Schism Possible

August 4, 2003 - Posted at: 9:05 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' large school district superintendents are debating a split with the state's school administrators' group.

Leaders of large districts say they will decide soon if the state Association of School Administrators' stance on education reform is in their best interest.

Group president and Pine Bluff superintendent Frank Anthony says the superintendents who oversee 80 percent of the state's population need to speak up because it's likely residents in their districts will pay higher taxes without any of it going to their school.

The Arkansas Association of School Administrators is opposing Governor Huckabee's school reform plan, which includes some consolidations.

Huckabee says Anthony's statement is good news for his efforts to meet an Arkansas Supreme Court order to overhaul the state's unconstitutional education funding system.

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