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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 14, 2016) -- eStem Public Charter School CEO John Bacon submitted several proposals to the Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key ahead of the scheduled February meeting of the Charter Authorizing Panel.  eStem’s proposals include six charter amendment requests and four waiver requests.

“These changes are necessary to help provide the more than 6,000 students currently on our waiting list an opportunity to participate in the eStem educational program,” said Bacon. “We are excited to partner with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to provide a unique educational experience that is unparalleled in the country.”

eStem has asked the Charter Authorizing Panel to allow an increase in enrollment - from 1,462 students to 3,844 students. Furthermore, the changes would rearrange the elementary, middle, and high schools to serve students in grades K-6, 7-9, and 10-12 respectively.  eStem and UALR have entered into an initial agreement to allow eStem to create a high school campus on the UALR campus beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.  This will also allow eStem High School students to enroll in concurrent courses at the university. The proposal also creates new elementary and junior high campuses located in the Hanger Hill neighborhood.

The school is working with local community leaders around the UALR campus to encourage a more diverse group of student applicants.  The school utilizes a random, anonymous lottery system to select its student population without bias.


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