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Charter school changes site

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The proposed Little Rock Urban Collegiate Public Charter for Young Men has proposed to open the school in a different location. Instead of using a former vehicle dealership on University Avenue, it has notified the state Board of Education it hopes to use 6711 W. Markham for the school. That is currently the site of Lutheran High School, which is closing this year. Catholic High School had expressed some interest in the Lutheran facility, which is nearby, but never struck a deal on its use.

The state Board will consider the relocation request Monday morning. I have no details yet on the cost of buying or leasing the property and how the charter school plans to raise the money.

The school is said to be aimed at underachieving minority students. It's been a subject of discussion as the Little Rock School Board argues that state creation of open enrollment charter schools in Pulaski County has contributed to segregation. In this case, however, some have argued it wouldn't cause segregation in Little Rock District schools because it's aimed at drawing predominantly black students from the predominantly black district, as well as elsewhere.

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