Act 1240 established that a school district may petition the State Board of Education to be granted the same waivers that are granted to open-enrollment public charter schools. A school district is eligible to apply for waivers if a student who resides in the school district attends a charter school. The petition shall include the name of the open-enrollment public charter school that draws students from the school district, a copy of the waivers granted to the open-enrollment public charter school and a list of waivers that the school district seeks to have granted.
Section 9101 of Public Law 107-110, Elementary and Secondary Education Act defines a highly qualified teacher as a teacher that “has obtained full State certification as a teacher (including certification obtained through alternative routes to certification) or passed the State teacher licensing examination, and holds a license to teach in such State, except that when used with respect to any teacher teaching in a public charter school, the term means that the teacher meets the requirements set forth in the State's public charter school law” (emphasis added). Therefore, Arkansas non-charter schools must continue to employ licensed teachers in core academic areas to remain in compliance with Federal law. The Arkansas Qualified Teachers Frequently Asked Questions is attached.
Districts applying for waivers should complete a District Waiver Request Form and email the completed form and the charter waiver list(s) to Kelly.McLaughlin@arkansas.gov
For more information, please contact:
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201