Legislators Favorable on Higher Ed Standards

September 8, 2003 - Posted at: 1:46 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Early response from legislators has been generally favorable to a state Education Department plan to raise curriculum standards at Arkansas public schools.

State Education Director Ray Simon presented the proposal Monday to a joint meeting of the state boards of education, higher education and workforce education.

The proposal would require every public school to offer a 38 course core curriculum every year. Some schools now only offer certain courses every other year.

Representative LeRoy Dangeau of Wynne says the requirement is more in line with what legislators and studies over the past few years have recommended for raising school standards.

Last year, the state Supreme Court ruled the school-funding system unconstitutional and gave legislators until January 1 to come up with ways to provide an adequate education to the state's 450,000 school children.

Governor Huckabee has set a tentative date of December 8 for a special session on education.

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