University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

News From The Capitol: February 11, 2015

In AR Legislature on February 11, 2015 at 2:49 pm

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Education stakeholders had a busy morning at the capitol with the Senate Education Committee considering school choice legislation and the governor announcing a task force to review Common Core.

School Choice

The Senate education committee voted this morning to recommend Do Pass on a bill to amend the Public School Choice Act of 2013, which is set to expire July 2015. Senator Alan Clark presented SB179 that would allow a K-12 student to attend school in a nonresident district. Districts under a desegregation order can declare themselves exempt, but SB179 stipulates that districts must provide the Arkansas Department of Education a copy of the federal order. The bill now moves to the full Senate.

For a closer look at the evidence on school choice, read the recent OEP policy brief “Impacts of the Public School Choice Act of 2013.”

Common Core

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced at a press conference this morning the formation of the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review. Hutchinson has appointed Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin to chair the 16-person panel, to which the public is invited to apply for membership. The council will review both the Common Core standards and student assessments, and initial recommendations are expected in early summer. You can read more about the Common Core task force from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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