ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : SI-99-074

Date Created : 01/19/1999


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   School Improvement and Instructional Support - Dr. Kevin Penix
K-3 Summer School

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Ms. Mary Kaye McKinney

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education is proposing to make K-3 Summer School voluntary instead of mandatory. Nothing has been changed at this time. It will take legislative action to make this change.

The department feels that "Smart Start" efforts during the regular school year will address many of the needs of students who have not performed well academically. If additional help is needed for those students, districts may determine to what extent help will be provided.

In summary, K-3 Summer School is still in place. The Department of Education is proposing legislation to change the mandatory requirement for K-3 Summer School in Arkansas. If this legislation is passed, school districts that want to provide summer school may do so on a voluntary basis.


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