Rally for "Save our Skools"

(November 13, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- The opening day of an anticipated special session on education reform could attract more than legislators. Groups opposed to school consolidation are encouraging small school districts to recess on December eighth so students and teachers can attend a rally at the Capitol. Governor Huckabee questions the plan, saying cash-strapped schools should not spend their money to preserve a failing education system. Rally organizers say districts that participate can hold a make-up day at the end of the year. Representative Harmon Seawel, a former school superintendent, says he doesn't see a problem with high school students missing school to attend the rally. He says it is an important issue. But Huckabee questioned plans to use school resources to lobby against consolidation. He says using public money to lobby for legislation could be an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars.