Unsafe School Choice Option & Persistently Dangerous Schools

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each state that receives Title I funds to establish and implement a statewide policy which provides that a student who attends a persistently dangerous elementary or secondary school or who becomes a victim of a violent criminal offense while in school or on the school grounds, will be allowed to attend a safe public elementary or secondary school within the local education agency, including a public charter school, if the parent so desires.

Technical Assistance

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education will provide technical assistance to LEAs through Commissioner's Memos, webinars, and upon request. General technical assistance will be posted on this webpage. Please send specific requests to Jayne.Green@ade.arkansas.gov.

Memo #

Memo Title

Date Posted


Pilot Year for Persistently Dangerous Schools and the Unsafe School Choice Option 



Unsafe School Choice Option and Pilot for Persistently Dangerous School Extended, Cycle 7 



For more information, please contact:

Jayne Green, Coordinator of District Support, ESA, & Title I
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot 26
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501-682-2395 
Fax: 501-682-5136