Ar. — A new law requires Arkansas schools to let expelled students continue their education.
Republicans first sponsored a bill to allow students who were suspended or expelled to continue to get credit.
It also gives superintendents more discretion in the future to modify the penalties for suspension or expulsion on a case by case basis.
After that passed, Democrats ran a bill to update the state’s digital learning law to include expelled students.
Starting next school year, districts will have to offer online courses or other services so those students can receive credit.
“I would say that where there’s a will, there’s a way, and there is funding that would follow,” Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key said.
Even though the students are expelled, State Education Commissioner Johnny Key has said schools will still receive foundation funding, about $6,600 per student, under this new law.