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|
|Lakeside (Garland Co.)||337|
|North Little Rock||285|
|Harmony Grove (Benton Co.)||187|
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.