Arkansas Education Board approves 4 new charter schools

— Arkansas’ education board has approved four new charter schools.

The board voted unanimously Monday in favor of Cross County School District’s proposed charter elementary school. The board also approved applications for proposed charter schools in Lincoln, Osceola and Warren.

Department of Education spokesman Seth Blomeley says charter schools are eligible to apply for up to $600,000 in federal money to use toward startup and other one-time costs.

The charter schools can also ask to waive requirements such as teacher planning time.

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