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Panel to discuss school options, scholarships
May 12, 5:36 AM: The panel members will share experiences with Arkansas' Succeed Scholarship program and the latest updates on other educational opportunities for students.
Haas Hall repeats nabbing top spots for state schools
Apr 28, 8:03 AM: Northwest Arkansas is home to seven of the state's top 10 public high schools, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Haas Hall Academy led the state's high schools in the 2021 Best High Schools >
Arkansas Has a Major School-Choice Opportunity — Unless Misguided Opponents Get in the Way
Apr 23, 6:32 AM: A bill in the state legislature would help families, private schools, and public schools. So why are the state’s superintendents obstructing it?
Private school tuition measure sent to governor
Apr 22, 6:04 AM: The Arkansas House on Wednesday voted narrowly to send a bill establishing a $2 million state income tax credit program that would fund private school scholarships to Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
School voucher bill: passes committee’s
Apr 21, 6:17 AM:

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee today endorsed Sen. Jonathan Dismang’s bill to expand school vouchers in Arkansas with a $2 million program to pay to send 250 students to private schools.

Private school tuition measure passes Senate
Apr 16, 6:28 AM: Legislation that would pay for private school tuition and fees for roughly 250 students and award up to $2 million a year in state income tax credits to the contributors for the scholarships zipped through the Arkansas >
Dismang finds a friendly Senate committee for school voucher bill
Apr 15, 6:04 AM: Sen. Jonathan Dismang snuck a reduced school voucher bill out of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee today, rather than going through the Education Committee, where it would have had a harder road to passage. >
A reworked school voucher bill introduced in the Senate
Apr 6, 5:45 AM: A school voucher expansion stymied in the House will get another run in the Senate, with some modifications from the measure defeated in House committee.
Editorial: Exceptional importance, indeed
Mar 26, 5:35 AM: Over the past 10-15 years, the General Assembly of Arkansas has tried to make it easier for students to flee failing school districts. But state money follows the students, so some school districts have tangled themselves >
Private-school tuition bill fails to clear state House
Mar 18, 6:05 AM: A proposal to fund private school tuition for qualifying students with up to $4 million in state income tax dollars failed in the Arkansas House with bipartisan opposition Wednesday, after barely making it out of committee >
Vouchers for needy students advance
Mar 17, 8:11 AM: A proposal to fund private school vouchers for students in need with up to $4 million in state income tax dollars narrowly advanced from a House committee on Tuesday.
Arkansas Board of Education approves LISA Academy hybrid school
Mar 12, 7:44 AM: The Education Board’s vote Thursday allows for an increase in the charter system’s enrollment by 1,050 students to accommodate the addition of the hybrid school and an additional 200 students to the 300-student cap at the >
Revamped voucher bill still facing headwind
Feb 22, 7:14 AM: School choice proponents filed a bill this month that would allow public funds to be used to pay for private school tuition, with an added provision that would give financial help to certain public schools. But even with >
LISA hybrid school on agenda
Feb 15, 9:06 AM: The LISA Academy charter school system that enrolls more than 3,200 students in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Springdale is seeking state approval for a semi-virtual school for 1,050 in kindergarten-through-12th >
Opinion: Expand choice
Feb 11, 5:50 AM: It is wonderful that the parents of 427 Arkansas students receive assistance from our state so that they can select a private school that serves their special needs. Still, more children could benefit from private school >
Digital divide: An in-depth look at broadband access across central Arkansas
Feb 10, 7:32 AM: Any discussion of broadband access, including access in Van Buren County, soon moves to education, namely broadband access for students. The issue became all-the-more visible last year beginning in March when the COVID-19 >
State's 4-year graduate rate up
Jan 20, 7:42 AM: A total of 88.8% of eligible Arkansas public high school students graduated in the 2019-20 school year four years after entering ninth grade.
Teacher pay proposal would shift $25 million
Jan 19, 6:28 AM: Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to raise the average teacher salary in Arkansas by $2,000 over the next two years would be paid for by shifting $25 million within legislative committee recommendations for public school >
Arkansas Board of Education renews charter schools; includes several NWA schools
Jan 15, 6:55 AM: The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday gave final approval to the five-year renewal of charters for the continued operation of eight open-enrollment and conversion charter schools.
Junction City School District superintendent offers perspective on School Choice ruling
Jan 8, 7:50 AM: The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis in late December upheld an earlier decision by El Dorado U.S. District Judge Susan O. Hickey to restrict Arkansas School Choice Act transfers out of four south Arkansas >



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