Issues besides consolidation on the table

(August 25, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- While consolidation has been the most-talked about issue in the education reform, there's a few other sticky issues facing state leaders. Governor Mike Huckabee says he will call a special legislative session in December to address court-order improvements only if legislators show sign of consensus. The most contentious point has been his support of a plan to consolidate smaller school districts that can't meet academic standards. But those who have helped guide reforms say other potential flash points loom large. Among them are: --whether to include a costly expansion of preschool. --how to equalize school millages and teacher salaries from district to district. --what new standards for curriculum, testing and graduation will be set. --And where to draw the line between state and local control.