Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson today announced in a press release that Arkansas needs more charter schools.
He was reacting to the record-setting 19 open-enrollment charter school applications submitted for the 2007-2008 academic year.
Hutchinson proposed removing the restriction that caps the number of charter schools statewide at 24. Currently only eight such schools are in operation.
Then he challenged his Democratic opponent, Mike Beebe:
“Does the Attorney General believe that these schools are a promising avenue for educational innovation?” Hutchinson asked. “If so, he should embrace removing the arbitrary cap on these schools. If not, he should explain why.”