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(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has approved new rules for how students may transfer from one school district to another to replace a law that a federal judge tossed out last year.

Beebe on Tuesday signed into law a measure that removes race as the factor governing transfer decisions. A federal judge struck down the 1989 law last year – saying it was unconstitutional for Arkansas to use race as the only factor in determining whether students are allowed to transfer.

The bill by Republican Sen. Johnny Key allows students to change school districts as long as the transfer doesn’t violate a court desegregation order. It also limits the number of transfers at 3% of a district’s average daily membership. The law takes effect immediately and expires in July 2015.

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