- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state panel has approved expansion plans for two charter schools in northwest Arkansas and gave the OK to Arkansas’ first adult-education charter school.

The Charter Authorizing Panel on Wednesday approved the expansion request from Fayetteville’s Haas Hall Academy, which wants to open a campus in Rogers to accommodate up to 500 students. The committee also approved a 400-seat expansion request from Arkansas Arts Academy in Rogers.

The panel approved the creation of The Excel Center in Little Rock, which would be the state’s first charter school for adults to earn a high school degree.

The panel’s recommendations now go to the Arkansas Board of Education. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2eUPTMM ), about 12,400 students are enrolled in open-enrollment charter schools and another 11,500 are enrolled in district-conversion charter schools.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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