- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge says a student in Jacksonville cannot transfer into the Cabot School District because the new Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District has claimed an exemption from the state’s school choice law.

U.S. District Judge Price Marshall’s ruling Monday reverses a state Board of Education decision last month that permitted the transfer. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2bccuCW ) that Marshall said the state board must respect the wishes of the Jacksonville/North Pulaski and Pulaski County Special school districts to not participate in the school choice law.

The state law provides an exemption if student transfers put a district in conflict with a federal court desegregation order or plan. Sixteen of the state’s 235 traditional school districts have claimed an exemption.

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

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