No consensus on education reforms

(November 24, 2003) - (Little Rock-AP) -- School consolidation continues to thwart efforts to reach a consensus on what to do about Arkansas schools, despite seven months of behind-the-scenes negotiations. It's just two weeks until the start of a planned December Eighth special session on education, and legislators and the governor haven't been able to reach an agreement. State Representative Calvin Johnson of Pine Bluff, who heads the House Education Committee, said things aren't where he thought they'd be at this stage. Governor Huckabee has said he will consult Johnson and Senate Education Committee Chairman Jim Argue of Little Rock before deciding whether to call the session. Johnson said he favors having a session even without a consensus on the front end.