Sneak peek at Gov's new ed reform plan

(October 7, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Some legislators are getting a preview of Governor Huckabee's draft education reform plan. The plan apparently would make high schools with less than 425 students possible targets for consolidation. It has been passed among some legislators for their input since late last week. Huckabee discussed the new plan with the heads of the Senate and House education committees yesterday, but details of the meeting and the proposed plan were NOT released. Senator Jim Argue, who heads the Senate Education Committee, sponsored Huckabee's education-reform legislation in the 2003 regular session. He says the governor is fine-tuning his plan. Representative Calvin Johnson, who is chairman of the House Education Committee, offered no specifics but says he found the governor's proposal an effort at compromise.