Plan has Senate support; doubtful in House

Siloam Springs, Ark (December 8, 2003) - (Little Rock-AP) -- A plan to consolidate school districts with fewer than 500 students has the support of the governor and appears to have enough votes to pass the Senate. But some legislators say the proposal will have trouble passing the House, where many members oppose consolidation. State Representative Paul Weaver, chairman of the Joint Budget Committee, questions Huckabee's logic in lowering the figure saying he sees no cost savings and benefits in consolidating small schools. Representative Calvin Johnson, chairman of the House Education Committee, says he believes legislators will meet a court-ordered deadline for school reform, but the stumbling block could be whether a minimum school district size for consolidation will pass the House.