Supers may split over reform

(August 5, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Leaders of Arkansas' larger school districts could split with the state's school administrators group over education reform. Large district leaders say they are concerned the state Association of School Administrators' stance on education reform could leave their districts short-changed. Group president and Pine Bluff superintendent Frank Anthony says the superintendents who oversee 80 percent of the state's population need to speak up because it's likely residents in their districts will pay higher taxes without any of it going to their school. The Arkansas Association of School Administrators is opposing Governor Huckabee's school reform plan, which includes some consolidations. Huckabee says Anthony's statement is good news for his efforts to meet an Arkansas Supreme Court order to overhaul the state's unconstitutional education funding system.