ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : SI-99-095

Date Created : 03/03/1999


Co-op Directors

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Yes
Section:   School Improvement and Instructional Support - Dr. Kevin Penix
School Choice\Open Enrollment School Choice Eligibility Printout

Regulatory Authority:
Ark. Code Ann. 6-18-206 (Supp.1995)

Contact Person:
Oliver Dillingham, Berthenia Gill or David Hartman

Phone Number:


REVISED 3/18/99

Attached is a 1999-2000 School Choice eligibility listing.

Special Notes:

School districts should use enrollment figures from the 1997-98 school year.
Figures for the current school year are unavailable.

If a district has experienced a significant change in their student enrollment, please contact the Equity Assistance Center Office, and we will assist those districts in calculating their minority student acceptable range.

The listing shows the following:

1. Each county in the state by alphabetical order and all school districts
within each county.

2. ELIGIBILITY CODE-Code 1 indicates that your district is eligible under
Ark. Code Ann. 6-18-206 (g) (1), "No student may transfer to a nonresident district where the percentage of enrollment for the student's race exceeds that percentage in his resident district except in the circumstances set forth in Subdivision (2) of this subsection."

Code 2 indicates that your district is eligible under Ark. Code Ann. 6-18-206 (g) (2), "A transfer to a district is exempt from the restriction set forth above if all districts within a county have voted to participate in choice and the transfer is between two (2) districts within a county, and if the black and white percentages of school enrollment in both the sending and receiving district remain within an acceptable rage of the county's overall black and white percentages of school population as set forth by the Arkansas Department of Education."

Code 3 indicates that your district is eligible under Arkansas Code Ann. 6-18-206 (g) (4), "A transfer is exempt from the restriction set forth in (1) of this subsection if each school district within the county does not have a critical mass of minority students of more than ten percent (10%) of any single race."

3. PERCENT OF STUDENTS K-12 - Determined from the October 1, 1997 student enrollment report.

4. COUNTY RACIAL BALANCE - Percent of black and white students in the county.

5. BLACK ACCEPTABLE RANGE - Acceptable range as outlined in Ark. Code. 6-18-206 (g) (3).

The Following are reminders:

April 17, is the deadline for applications, unless allowing a later acceptance date would further the desegregation efforts of the nonresident district. Under these circumstances, the application deadline in July 1.

The law presumes each district participates in School Choice unless there is a local school board action to the contrary.

Participating districts must advertise.

NOTE: Attachments to this memo will be mailed in the next bulk mailing.


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