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Arkansas Parents Take School Choice Fight to Court

They file a lawsuit after their children were not allowed to transfer from the Forrest City School District to Palestine-Wheatley.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Three parents outraged over being denied their request to transfer their children to another school district have filed a lawsuit.

Erika Goodall, Amanda Moffett and Stephanie White filed the suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court Tuesday against the Arkansas

Department of Education (ADE), the Palestine-Wheatley and Forrest City school districts.

The suit claims the Arkansas Board of Education and other plaintiffs violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The parents were denied participation in school choice for the 2013-2014 school year.

They all have children in the Forrest City School District but wanted to have them transferred to Palestine-Wheatley.

Under the school choice law, students are allowed to transfer, unless a district exempts itself from the law due to desegregation concerns. Forrest City has claimed that exemption.

An ADE spokeswoman says the agency is reviewing the lawsuit.
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