Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2015

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Ark. Code Ann. ยง6-18-1901 et seq. (as amended by Act 560 of 2015)
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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Technology Coordinators; Test Coordinators; General Business Managers; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; Bookkeepers; School Counselors; Techstart Coordinators or Contact Name; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); Child Nutrition Directors/Managers; Data Stewards (SIS; eSchool; eFinance; TRIAND); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators

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The following timeline applies to the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2015.   


May 1 Parents must submit school choice applications to the nonresident district.  The application must be postmarked no later than May 1 of the calendar year in which the student seeks to begin the fall semester at the nonresident district. The nonresident district shall notify the resident district of the filing of the application within ten calendar days of receipt of the application.


NOTE: A nonresident district that receives an application shall place a date and time stamp on the application that reflects the date and time the nonresident district received the application. The nonresident district shall review and make a determination on each application in the order in which the application was received by the nonresident district. 


July 1 The superintendent of the nonresident district shall notify the parent and resident district in writing as to whether the student’s application has been accepted or rejected.


NOTE: Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-1905 requires this determination to be made by July 1.  As noted above, the nonresident district has the responsibility of notifying the resident district of the filing of the application.  Additionally,  Before approving or rejecting an application, a nonresident district shall determine whether any of the limitations under Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-1906 apply to the application. 


Ark. Code Ann. §6-18-1906(b) establishes a numerical net maximum limit on school choice transfers each school year from a school district of three percent (3%) of the enrollment of the school district as of October 15 of the immediately preceding school year. The attached document shows the total enrollment for each district and the number of students representing three percent (3%) of total enrollment.

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