Adult education program changes
With the enactment of Senate Bill 940, now known as Act 1659 of 2001, Arkansas changed the law regarding adult education programs. Instead of being required to obtain approval, 16-and 17-year-old students who are enrolled in a private, parochial, or home school may now apply directly for enrollment in the adult education program and, if accepted, need only notify the local public school superintendent of their intent to participate.
The new law also permits students aged 16 or above who are enrolled in a private, parochial, or home school to take the General Education Development (GED) test without permission of the public school district. Instead, a student enrolled in a private or parochial school must provide a letter from the school to verify enrollment. A home schooled student must provide the local public school superintendent with a notarized copy of the previously filed notice of intent to home school.
— Dewitt T. Black