Senate supporter doubts Governor's plan can pass

(October 23, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- The state senator who sponsored Governor Mike Huckabee's education plan during the regular legislative session says he'll back a proposal with a better chance of passing. Senator Jim Argue of Little Rock says he'd like to see Huckabee's plan win approval but doesn't think that's realistic. Argue chairs the Senate Education Committee. He has said in recent days that he believed that Huckabee's plan would not pass as is but that a compromise would have a chance in the Senate. He also said a majority in the Senate would come to agreement on a minimum number for high school enrollment. Huckabee's plan features consolidation of smaller high schools that don't meet standards efficiently.