Assistant AG weighs in on education reform

(October 22, 2003) - (Little Rock-AP) -- Legislators are being warned that including loopholes in education-reform laws is dangerous. Assistant Attorney General Tim Gauger told House and Senate members yesterday that they could prompt further lawsuits if they tailor education reform to allow small high schools to avoid consolidation. The Joint Interim Committee on Education is holding a series of meetings in advance of a special session Governor Huckabee says he'll call for December eighth. The panel is reviewing Governor Huckabee's 79-page, 362 (m) million dollar education-reform proposal. The committee is screening Huckabee's plan and other education-reform proposals. Legislators are under a January first state Supreme Court deadline to find a way to bring the state's unconstitutional school system into compliance.