University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

Capitol Recap: Wednesday February 06, 2013

In The View from the OEP on February 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

ARCapWell, the legislative session still has a lot of excitement left in it. That is the “glass half-full” way of saying that nothing too particularly exciting has happened in the realm of education thus far.

As we reported earlier this week, a bill for consolidation ran yesterday. The bill was handily defeated. It appears that, unlike past legislative sessions, this year consolidation will not get too much attention. All of our news outlets seem inundated with “choice” legislation: primarily the Public School Choice Act and of course, charter schools. Rumors of a compromise on the original charter school authorizer bill persist, we’ll keep you updated on that as it comes out.

NoCellToday in the Senate Education Committee, schools gained a little more freedom to restrict mobile devices in their classrooms, Senator Keith Ingram’s (D-West Memphis) bill to improve the bond ratings passed out of committee, and Senator Bruce Holland’s (R-Greenwood)  bill to make the common spring break a permanent fixture rather than a “pilot” policy passed as well.

SpringBreak

Again, we will keep you updated as more news comes out of the Education Committees at the Capitol. You can also follow us on Twitter to get real time updates on what is happening in the meetings we attend.

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