Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
We got the clarification we had been asking JNPSD to get from Judge Marshall. I appreciate that.That answer naturally raised a question about how she'd handle transfer requests from other districts in the state opting out of the school transfer law. A concerted effort is underway — cheerled by a Walton Family F0undation-paid lobbyist, Gary Newton, who happens to be Zook's nephew, and often litigated by Little Rock lawyer Jess Askew, a frequent legal player in Walton-backed school "choice" efforts — to knock down any remaining barriers to school transfers in Arkansas. At the same time the Board of Education approved the Jacksonville request, for example, it allowed the transfer of a white student from the El Dorado School District, about 50-50 racially mixed, to the predominantly white Parkers Chapel District. El Dorado contends it is under an active federal court desegregation ruling and objected to the transfer, which a Board majority approved anyway. In this case, Zook voted against the transfer.
Yes, wherever there is clear direction from the Federal judge who has oversight.
The School Choice Law of 2015 states that Districts are to provide information as to whether or not there is a genuine conflict, from the Court under which they are claiming exemption from School Choice.I noted that Zook had not abided by the 2015 law in approving the Jacksonville transfer. The judge, in hearing the issue yesterday, said that while the words of the written order might not have been clear on the point, the understanding of all parties at the time was clear.
In addition, Districts are to provide to ADE's office that oversees accreditation, the District's efforts to become/seek unitary status.
The 2015 law applies to all districts except PCSSD, JNPSD and the Garland County Districts.
I will abide by these laws, as it is my charge to do.
If you are making an attempt to paint me as a segregationist, my life and 48 years of professional and volunteer experience demonstrate otherwise.
"We just got the clarification yesterday! I wanted to hear from the judge. Now I have."
The parties' 2014 settlement agreement, as embodied in this Court's Consent Judgment, NQ 5063, obligates the State Board of Education to honor exemptions from the School Choice Act claimed by the Pulaski County Special School District and the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District through the 2018-2019 school year. The State Board's 15 July 2016 decision granting the Dulaneys' school choice appeal, NQ 5223-5, is set aside.
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