Huckabee Vetoes Last Bill from Special Session

APRIL 13, 2006 - Posted at 8:10 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee says a program to help teachers improve science courses would take away money intended for college scholarships, so he has vetoed the measure.

The bill was approved in last week's special Legislative session and was the final item for Huckabee to act upon.

The vetoed bill would have appropriated $570,000 from the state Department of Higher Education for the elementary science specialist program.

Huckabee says he backs the program but he feared that taking money from the Higher Education Department would draw money away from scholarships.

The appropriation would have funded science specialists at 12 different campuses around the state.  The program had previously been funded by a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, but that grant runs out in October.

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