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.