University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

Reminder: Arkansas State Board of Education Meeting: Thursday Nov 1 @ 9:00 AM

In The View from the OEP on October 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

On Thursday November 1st at 9:00 AM, the Arkansas State Board of Education (SBE) will convene for their monthly meeting. However, unlike most  SBE meetings, this week’s agenda includes the applications from six new charter schools that are hoping to gain approval to open by the 2012-13 academic year. Meetings where the SBE hears these charter schools’ cases typically include a lively discussion. Thus, the OEP will be in attendance at this week’s meeting (which, be forewarned, may spill over into Friday Nov. 2nd) and will be reporting to you via this Blog regarding the outcome of the charter school hearings. Note that the meetings that involve charter school hearings are heavily attended, so if you do plan on attending, get there a bit in advance of the 9:00 AM start time.

However, if you are unable to make the trip to Little Rock, you can follow along on your computer if you have an internet connection. The SBE meeting will be streaming live from this link.

Of the 6 applicants, two propose schools in Little Rock, two propose schools in Pine Bluff, and two propose schools in Northwest Arkansas (one in Lincoln, and one in Bentonville). Here is a snapshot of the charter school applicants taken from the SBE Agenda:

Consideration of Request for Open Enrollment Charter: Exalt Academy of Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 

Exalt Academy of Pine Bluff is a proposed open-enrollment public charter school to be located within the Pine Bluff School District in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The sponsoring entity on the letter of intent and charter application is Exalt Education, Inc. Grades K-3 will be served with a maximum enrollment of 540 students. The proposed site for the school is 2901 Pines Mall Dr. #527, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The applicant has notified affected districts for this proposed public charter school. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has received a letter from the Pine Bluff School District in opposition to the charter application. The applicant is requesting to be granted an open-enrollment charter from the State Board of Education.

Consideration of Request for Open Enrollment Charter: KidSmart Cultural Arts Charter, Little Rock, Arkansas

KidSmart Cultural Arts Charter is a proposed open-enrollment public charter school to be located within the Little Rock School District in Little Rock, Arkansas. The sponsoring entity on the letter of intent and charter application is KidSmart Educational Services. Grades K-8 will be served with a maximum enrollment of 300 students. The proposed site for the school is 3425 Baseline Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. The applicant has notified affected districts for this proposed public charter school. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has received letters from the Little Rock School District and the Pulaski County Special School District in opposition to the charter application. The applicant is requesting to be granted an open-enrollment charter from the State Board of Education.

Consideration of Request for Open-Enrollment Charter School: America’s Charter School, Lincoln, Arkansas 

America’s Charter School is a proposed open-enrollment public charter school to be located within the Lincoln School District in Lincoln, Arkansas. The sponsoring entity on the letter of intent and charter application is America’s Charter School-Arkansas. Grades 8-12 will be served with a maximum enrollment of 500 students. The proposed site for the school is 303 E. Pridemore Drive, Lincoln, Arkansas. The applicant has notified affected districts for this proposed public charter school. The applicant is requesting to be granted an open-enrollment charter from the State Board of Education.

Consideration of Request for Open Enrollment Charter: Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy, Bentonville, Arkansas
Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy is a proposed open-enrollment public charter school to be located within the Bentonville School District in Bentonville, Arkansas. The sponsoring entity on the letter of intent and charter application is Responsive Education Solutions of Arkansas. Grades K-12 will be served with a maximum enrollment of 685 students. The proposed site for the school is 5121 Southwest Runway Drive, Bentonville, Arkansas. The applicant has notified affected districts for this proposed public charter school. The applicant is requesting to be granted an open enrollment charter from the State Board of Education.

Consideration of Request for Open-Enrollment Charter: Premier High School of Little Rock, Little Rock Arkansas

Premier High School of Little Rock is a proposed open-enrollment public charter school to be located within the Little Rock School District in Little Rock, Arkansas. The sponsoring entity on the letter of intent and charter application is Responsive Education Solutions of Arkansas. Grades 9-12 will be served with a maximum enrollment of 240 students. The proposed site for the school is 1621 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas. The applicant has notified affected districts for this proposed public charter school. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has received letters from the Little Rock School District and the Pulaski County Special School District in opposition to the charter application. The applicant is requesting to be granted an open-enrollment charter from the State Board of Education.

Consideration of Request for Open-Enrollment Charter: Quest Middle School of Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Quest Middle School of Pine Bluff is a proposed open-enrollment public charter school to be located within the Dollarway School District in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The sponsoring entity on the letter of intent and charter application is Responsive Education Solutions of Arkansas. Grades 5-12 will be served with a maximum enrollment of 460 students. The proposed site for the school is 308 South Blake Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The applicant has notified affected districts for this proposed public charter school. The applicant is requesting to be granted an open-enrollment charter from the State Board of Education.

Want to know more about these charter school applicants…and the result of their hearings? Perhaps we will see you at the meeting…if not, don’t forget, you can watch online starting at 9:00 AM Thursday November 1st. The State Board meeting will be held in the Arch Ford Education Building Auditorium of the State Capitol Complex in Little Rock.

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