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Bentonville's Baker Elementary School Targeted As Charter Site

Posted: April 25, 2014 at 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A plan to convert R.E. Baker Elementary School into a charter school for grades kindergarten through eight drew a lukewarm response from the School Board on Thursday.

At A Glance

Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools that operate without some of the regulations traditional public schools must follow. There are two kinds of charter schools in Arkansas:

• Open-enrollment charter schools: run by a governmental entity, an institution of higher learning or a tax-exempt nonsectarian organization. They can draw students from anywhere in the state.

• Conversion charter schools: traditional public schools converted to a charter by a school district. They can draw only students from within the host district’s boundaries.

Source: Staff Report

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