House Opens Meeting as Huckabee Calls School Plan 'Reasonable'

MARCH 21, 2006 - Posted at 5:07 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee said today that school funding recommendations developed last week seem reasonable to him.

Last week a legislative panel on education endorsed a plan to add $139 million over two years for Arkansas' 251 school districts.  Arkansas is under a state Supreme Court order to develop an improved school funding plan by December 1.

Today, the governor told The Associated Press that the ideas approved last week seem like a "reasonable plan."

Huckabee told legislative leaders yesterday that April 3 is a target date for a special session.

He said today that whether or not he calls a special session depends on whether there's consensus around the funding recommendations.

The Arkansas House opened meetings today to find the consensus Huckabee is looking for.  The Senate met this afternoon.

The governor, who has said multiple special sessions may be necessary, says he is hopeful that a session wouls last days, not weeks.

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