Huckabee Considers Drop in Minimum-Enrollment Figure for High Schools

November 12, 2003 - Posted at 11:25 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Mike Huckabee says he is considering changing his school-reform plan to allow more high schools to avoid possible consolidation.

Under a plan announced last month, the governor said that high schools with fewer than 425 students should be considered for consolidation if they cannot educate their children efficiently.

Huckabee told radio listeners today that he thinks it's possible that the number could be lowered to 375 and still meet academic demands with teaching capacity.

In his show on the Arkansas Radio Network, Huckabee also touted the state's Smart Core curriculum initiative.  It would raise the number of required high school graduation courses from 21 to 22 by adding a math course.  It also would expand mandatory testing to measure Arkansas students against those in other states.

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