Superintendents Concerned About School Choice Bill
Posted: March 18, 2013 at 5 a.m.
Northwest Arkansas superintendents are concerned a bill on school choice before the Senate Education Committee threatens financial stability and educational efficiency and could result in a resegregation of schools districts across the state.
At A Glance
Senate Bill 65
This bill states a school district receiving students as transfers will not discriminate on the basis of gender, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, disability or academic or athletic eligibility.
Other provisions of the proposed legislation:
-School boards must adopt specific standards on which transfers will be allowed, such as capacity of program, class, grade level or school building.
-School districts won’t have to add teachers, staff or classrooms to accommodate transfers.
-Standards can’t include a student’s previous academic achievement, athletic or other extracurricular ability, disability, English proficiency level, or previous disciplinary proceedings except in the case of an expulsion.
-A student who is denied a transfer can request a hearing before the State Board of Education to reconsider the transfer.
-Transportation is the responsibility of the student or his parents.
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