Disputes between school districts as to a student's correct school district of residence may be appealed to the State Board of Education. Appeals are governed by the Department's Rules Governing Appeals Involving Student Residency Disputes Between School Districts. Appeals are made by filing a written notice of appeal with:
The written appeal must include:
Written appeals must be filed within five (5) days after the appealing district receives the written report of the responding district's superintendent.
Arkansas law generally prohibits school board members and school employees from directly or indirectly contracting with the public educational entity they serve. The law also generally prohibits school board members' relatives from being initially employed by the public educational entity they serve. The law allows certain exceptions in "unusual and limited circumstances", and in most cases these exceptions must be approved by the Commissioner of Education.
The prohibition on contracting was imposed by the Legislature in Act 1599 of 2001. The prohibition on employment of school board members' relatives was imposed by the Legislature in Act 1381 of 2005. Additional details about these ethical requirements may be found in the Department's Rules Governing Ethical Guidelines and Prohibitions.
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