Obesity, Charter Schools Among Top Items on State Board's Agenda

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Fat kids and charter schools are on the agenday today for the state Education Board.  The board plans a meeting in the state Education Dept. headquarters on the state Capitol mall.

The board's agenda calls for a report on the obesity epidemic and what's being done in Arkansas schools, and the effects of a new law on a program begun two years ago to curb obesity among schoolchildren.

A couple of charter schools are seeking modifications in their charters.  The Felder Academy Charter School at Little Rock hopes to move to a new site in the Little Rock School District.  And the Academics Plus Charter School at Maumelle wants to raise its enrollment ceiling from 375 to 400.  Charter schools receive public tax dollars, but operate under special contracts with the state intended to encourage innovative educational techniques.  The schools are exempt from some state regulations.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)