Arkansas Public School Choice Act *2015
Marked Tree School District participates in the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2015. The Act allows parents to apply for admission for their child to attend a school in any district beyond the one in which the parent resides. The law established a numerical net maximum limit on school choice transfers each school year from a school district, less any school choice transfers into the school district, under this section of not more than three percent (3%) of the school district’s three-quarter average daily membership for the immediately preceding school year. If a student seeks to attend a school in a nonresident district, the student’s parent shall submit an application to the nonresident district. The application must be on a form approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. The application must be postmarked no later than May 1 of the year in which the pupil would begin the fall semester at the nonresident district. The School Choice Act does not require a school district to add teachers, staff, or classrooms, or in any way to exceed the requirements and standards established by existing law. Any parent residing outside the Marked Tree School District that desires to send their child to the Marked Tree School District beginning with the 2015-16 school year may obtain an application in the superintendent’s office located at 406 St. Francis Street. Applications do not have to be resubmitted for students currently attending Marked Tree Schools under the School Choice Act. This notice is prepared in accordance with the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2015.