Ark. senator proposes new school choice law

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The chairman of Arkansas' Senate Education Committee is proposing easing the rules on public school student transfers after a federal judge struck down the state's school choice law.

    Republican Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home on Wednesday proposed amending the state's school choice law to allow students to transfer - unless they're in a district that has a pending desegregation court order or judicial decree.

    A federal judge in June struck down the 1989 school choice law, saying race could not be the only factor considered in deciding whether students could transfer between districts.

    The state is appealing - but Key said he doesn't want the Legislature to wait until a ruling is issued.

    Key says he filed the legislation to start conversation on changes to the choice law.

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