UPDATE: Arkansas House panel rejects school choice bill

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas House panel has rejected a proposal to rewrite Arkansas' school choice law that a federal judge struck down as unconstitutional.

Lawmakers on the House Education Committee on Thursday voted against the measure, which would allow students to change schools for a variety of reasons, 1 of which was based on race.

A judge struck down the law last year, saying it couldn't rely solely on race to determine transfer eligibility.

Some lawmakers appeared interested in waiting for an appeal in that case before rewriting the statute.

A proposal to allow students who have already transferred to other districts under the school choice law to remain in those districts failed to clear the Senate on Monday. Two other competing proposals to rewrite the school choice statute have been filed.

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