- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - More than half of the nine organizations that have submitted applications to open 10 charter schools in the 2018-2019 school year are proposing locations in the Greater Little Rock and Pine Bluff areas.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2qiiUaV ) reports that the Arkansas Department of Education will now review the applications before the state Charter Authorizing Panel sees them in August. Those decisions will then go to the state Board of Education, which gives the final approval, in the fall.

The applications come at a time when six of the Little Rock School District’s 48 schools have been labeled as being in academic distress for three years of poor performance on state math and literacy tests.

Charter schools are taxpayer-supported institutions operated by an independent board of directors.

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

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