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Legislators and Educators Meet in Earle Monday Night

October 28, 2003 - Posted at 8:39 a.m. CDT

EARLE, AR - The House subcommittee for K-through-12 and vocational education met in Earle yesterday and heard from several educators from small school districts.

They heard complaints about Governor Huckabee's revised education reform plan that calls for consolidating high schools with fewer than 425 students that cannot meet academic standards in a cost-efficient way.

Many educators say that the number for high schools is no different from a previous plan that called for consolidation of districts with fewer than 1,500 students.  They oppose any consolidation based on numbers.

A rally was held last night in Earle against consolidation, with several superintendents criticizing Huckabee for ignoring the positive results that some small districts have shown.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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