School choice legislation approved by House

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has approved a bill to rewrite the state's school choice law that a federal judge last year ruled unconstitutional.

    Representatives voted 54-8 Monday for the bill that removes race as the factor governing transfer decisions in the law. A federal judge last year said it was unconstitutional for Arkansas to use race as the only factor in determining whether students are allowed to transfer.

    The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Johnny Key would allow students to change school districts as long as the transfer doesn't violate a court desegregation order. It would also limit the number of transfers at 3 percent of a district's average daily membership. The law would be effective for two years.

    The bill now goes to the state Senate.

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