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