Arkansas Department of Education Number of Open-Enrollment Charters Available

Memo Information

Memo Number
LS-16-062
Memo Date
2/24/2016
Memo Type
Informational
Section
Learning Services
Regulatory Authority
Ark. Code Ann. ยง 6-23-304(c)(1)(C)
Response Required
NO
Attention
Federal Programs; Superintendents; Principals; Technology Coordinator; Test Coordinator; General Business Manager; Teachers

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Memo Text

Arkansas law established the original cap for open-enrollment charter schools at 24 schools.  Current law in § 6-23-304(c)(1)(B) allows for an automatic increase in the number of schools by five each time the number of open-enrollment charters is within two of meeting the existing limitation or cap.    Additionally, § 6-23-304(c)(1)(C) requires the Commissioner of Education to issue a memo each year, by March 1, stating the existing limitation on the number of charters available for open-enrollment public charter schools and the number of charters available for open-enrollment public charter schools during the next application cycle.  

Commissioner’s Memo LS-15-053, dated February 27, 2015, established a cap of 29 open-enrollment charters.  Currently, there are 22 active open-enrollment charters and two more have been approved to open for the 2016-2017 school year.  Therefore, the limitation on the number of charters available for the next open-enrollment public charter school cycle remains at 29. 

There are five charters available for open-enrollment public charter schools during the next application cycle.

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