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13,633 Arkansas Students Choose District Schools Outside of Residence

Posted By Arkansas Learns, Friday, August 25, 2017
Updated: Friday, August 25, 2017

With 13,633 choosing schools in districts other than their own in 2016-17, the state's greatest beneficiaries of inter-district school ranged from North to South, East to West, rural to urban.

District  School Choice Students 
 Greene Co. Tech  537
 Southside (Independence Co.)  474
 Paragould  431
 Bauxite  405
 Alma  349
 West Memphis  338
 Lakeside (Garland Co.)  337
 Benton  318
 North Little Rock  285
 Pottsville  269
 West Fork  239
 White Hall  220
 Poyen  210
 Watson Chapel  207
 Little Rock  192
 Harmony Grove (Benton Co.)  187
 Greenwood  182
 Valley View  181
 Bryant  167
 Elkins  161
 Mountain Home  158
 Jonesboro  155
 Lawrence Co.  155
 Palestine-Wheatley  153
 Van Buren  150
 Perryville  149
 Brookland  143
 Hoxie  143
 Pocahontas  142
 Nettleton  131
 Farmington  128
 Greenbrier  128
 Pea Ridge  122
 Hot Springs  116
 Magnet Cove  106
 Cave City  101

Sadly, the residents of eight Arkansas school districts were denied choice by their boards. Six of those districts were counseled by the same law firm - Alan P. Roberts PA of Camden. The newly elected board of the Pulaski County Special School District fired the firm earlier this year and will fully participate in and benefit from inter-district school beginning in 2018. It remains to be seen if the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District will follow PCSSD's lead, as it did on exemption. Here are the exempting districts, linked to their anachronistic and non-conflicting excuses for exemption.

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