LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - A bill passed in the latest legislative session will require school districts to offer online courses to expelled students so that they can receive credit.
As Little Rock television station KARK reports, it gives superintendents more discretion in the future to be able to modify penalties for expulsion and suspension on a case-by-case basis.
Republicans first sponsored a bill to allow students who were suspended or expelled to get credit.
After that passed, Democrats ran a bill to update Arkansas’ 2013 digital learning law to include expelled students.
Though lawmakers and superintendents both raised concerns about cost and internet access, the proposal passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support.
“I would say that where there’s a will, there’s a way, and there is funding that would follow,” Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key told lawmakers.
Each district will ultimately decide how to introduce this.