Governor Says Proposal for Voters is Very Likely

January 26, 2004 - Posted at 7:49 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee says the likelihood is increasing that he will try to get a school-consolidation measure on the ballot in November.

Huckabee held a news conference over the weekend to say he was disappointed by an administrative consolidation bill the Legislature passed.  That measure would combine the administrations of school districts with fewer than 250 students.

Huckabee says the bill the Legislature passed falls short of what the state Supreme Court said was needed.  The high court ruled that the state's school system was unconstitutionally unfair and inadequate.

The governor says he plans to meet today with advisers regarding what action he will take.  Huckabee says he will make up his mind this week on whether he will veto the Legislature's bill or allow it to become law.

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