Eleven Groups Submit Formal Charter School Applications

OCTOBER 16, 2006 - Posted at 7:57 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Out of 20 groups that filed letters of intent two months ago, only eleven formal applications have been filed for new open-enrollment charter schools in Arkansas.  The reduction stemmed in part from a request that some groups postpone their proposals for another year, instead of filing a formal application by the September 30 deadline.

Arkansas law allows two kinds of charter schools, those operated by already existing public school districts, and open-enrollment schools operated by non-governmental, nonprofit groups.  All charter schools are freed from state regulations in the hope that they will develop innovative and effective approaches to education.

The state now has 18 charter schools.

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