Huckabee: One School District Per County May be the Solution

OCTOBER 4, 2006 - Posted at 4:42 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee says having one school district in each county "probably" could help the Arkansas public school system.  Huckabee said on his statewide radio show this morning that the school system could benefit if there were 75 school districts, one for each county, instead of the 251 the state now has.

Funding of the state public schools have been declared unconstitutional twice in the last four years.

A House panel in 2005 rejected legislation that would have studied creating one school district for each county.

The state Supreme Court in November 2002 and December 2005 said Arkansas' 450,000-student public school system didn't spend enough on education or spread the money in a fair manner.  Legislators raised taxes and retooled the school funding formula in response.

Huckabee says more work must be done to improve school facilities and that the state surplus of $721 million will be tapped to pay for construction and rehabilitation projects.

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