LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- An Arkansas lawmaker wants to make sure parents get to choose where their children go to school.
This all began when U.S. District Judge Robert Dawson declared the state's Public School Choice Act of 1989 unconstitutional. He said a provision about race in the law violated part of the Constitution. Since this part could not be taken out, he ruled the entire act unconstitutional.
Now Senator Johnny Key wants to amend the Public School Choice Act and remove the racial restrictions. Key's bill states unless the district is under a desegregation order, the student will have free choice in school selection.
"They may live on the extreme of a district, but are really closer to another district that works better for them because that's the community they work in. A lot of scenarios that factor in to that, but it does give those parents that option not to be bound by line," said Key
The deadline for the school choice act within the court system is July 1st. Senator Key said his bill will be back up before committee in the next couple of weeks.