One Region 8 district exempt from school choice

One Region 8 district exempt from school choice

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - One Region 8 school district is exempt from school choice with a desegregation order.

The Blytheville Public School District is the only district in Region 8 that submitted a desegregation order approved by a federal court.

School Choice, which was originally created in 2013, was amended in March of 2015.

The amendment now requires any school with a conflict of a desegregation order to submit a court-approved order to the Department of Education.

Blytheville submitted this order for this school year.

The submission stated "the reason is that the District is a party to [several] desegregation lawsuits that are still active."

Superintendent Richard Atwill said an order like this is meant to prevent re-segregation of schools.

You can see the full order submitted here.

Atwill also said the Blytheville Public Schools did not opt out of school choice like many think.

He said no school actually has that power according to the act.

Some people around the area believe full access to school choice would be a benefit, while others agree with submitting the desegregation order.

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