Gov: no word from AG that reform plan won't fly

(October 23, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Governor Huckabee says he had no indication from the attorney general's office that his education reform plan could pose legal problems. Assistant attorney general Tim Gauger told legislators that providing loopholes in education- reform laws for small high schools to avoid onsolidation could prompt future lawsuits. He says a strict enrollment cutoff is easier to defend than a number with exceptions or a standards-based plan without a number. Huckabee supports consolidating high schools with fewer than 425 students that cannot meet academic standards efficiently. But he said yesterday that Gauger's comments could lead him to toughen the consolidation part of his plan, even if many legislators don't want to hear that.