June 11, 2003
Posted at: 2:36 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Money and consolidation are not on the table. But participants in meetings about what provides an adequate education in Arkansas say those issues are not far from their minds.
Educators and business leaders are meeting today and tomorrow in Little Rock. They are reviewing models that project ideal school sizes as part of a legislative effort to overhaul the state's troubled education system.
Grade school teacher Keith Richey of Marmaduke says he's encouraged experts advising the Legislature have noted research suggesting bigger schools may not be better at providing a quality education. Richey says he is opposed to governor Mike Huckabee's proposal to consolidate high schools in districts with fewer than 1500 students.