State charter panel moves forward with surprise meeting on charter school proposal, blindsiding Little Rock superintendent

On Thursday afternoon, the Charter Authorizing Panel at the Arkansas Department of Education unexpectedly took up an item not listed on its agenda for the day: a hearing for Friendship Public Charter Schools, the charter operator seeking to open a school in Little Rock one year ahead of schedule. To do so, Friendship must receive an amendment to its charter from the state.No notice was provided to the public or the Little Rock School District that the charter authorizing panel would...

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