Black Caucus weighs in on education reform

(August 27, 2003) — (Ferndale-AP) -- Within a couple of weeks, the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus plans to offer its ideas for where and how the state can come up with the money needed to make education improvements. Among other things, the group discussed the role that distance learning can play in helping some schools offer the broad curriculum that Governor Huckabee and others have called for. Bill Lewellen, a lawyer in the case that resulted in a court mandate to overhaul the public schools, says legislators should realize that all the school improvements ordered by the state Supreme Court don't have to come immediately. Lewellen, who also is a former state senator, says legislators should focus on struggling districts first, and raise more money over time.