Charter school cap lifted in Arkansas

We thought we’d pass along the following story on legislative action on charter schools in the state, considering the interest of McNeil residents in establishing a charter school of their own. Read on:

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would regularly raise the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state, reports the Associated Press.

The House voted 55-28 on Wednesday to increase the state’s cap on charter schools by five whenever the number of open-enrollment charter schools in the state is within two slots of meeting the limit. The current cap for open-enrollment charter schools in the state is 24, and there are currently 16 in the state. 

The proposal by Republican Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway now heads to Gov. Mike Beebe’s desk. The governor’s office has said he plans to sign it into law.


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