Ark. panel backs school choice law rewrite

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Senate panel has endorsed a proposal to rewrite Arkansas' school choice law after the sponsor of the measure agreed to a change that would require the Legislature to revisit the issue in two years.

The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday advanced the bill by Republican Sen. Johnny Key to rewrite a 1989 school choice law that a federal judge struck down last year as unconstitutional. The judge said race could not be the only factor considered in deciding whether students could transfer between districts.

Key's proposal would remove race as a consideration.

The panel approved Key's measure after he said he'd make several changes to it in the House. The changes include capping school choice transfers in each district and inserting a July 1, 2015 expiration date.

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