Arkansas House of Representatives by the closest of margins defeated a bill that would have allowed public charter schools “right of access” to unused or underutilized public school buildings. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Alan Clark of Lonsdale, failed in the House on a 50-32 vote.
The bill was largely opposed by Little Rock-based lawmakers, whose school district has announced plans to close three schools. Lawmakers who supported the bill attempted to expunge the vote so the bill could be reconsidered, but that effort failed.
UPDATE: The bill was brought up for another vote on Thursday. It passed on a 53-32 vote.