Rural Education Leader Decries Compromise Plan

August 29, 2003 - Posted at: 9:47 a.m. CDT

MORRILTON, Ark. -- The president of the Arkansas Rural Education Association doesn't like the compromise education reform plan being advocated by the group's members.

The group wants to rank school districts on whether they are adequate and efficient.

Group president Jimmy Cunningham says the rankings will be influenced by how rich or poor a community is, and that's why he won't support it.

The proposal ranks school districts based on 23 variables such as Pupil to Teacher Ratio, Pupil to Administration Ratio, Average Teacher Salary, Maintenance and Operation per Student in the Average Daily Membership and other categories. The schools are ranked against the state average in each category.

The plan will be presented to Governor Mike Huckabee if it passes a vote by their entire membership next week.

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