On March 31, the Arkansas Senate voted to pass House Bill 1552, which would create a school voucher program for children with disabilities. The bill passed with bipartisan support and now awaits signing by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
According to The Freidman Foundation for Educational Choice, Arkansas would become the 25th state to adopt a school choice program if HB1552 becomes law. The program would allow parents to use public funding to send their special needs children to the school of their choice. Awarding of scholarships could begin as of the 2016-17 school year.
School choice advocates say the passage of the bill is a great opportunity for families in Arkansas.
"Parents and families in Arkansas can celebrate the passage of House Bill 1552 which will create new educational opportunities for children with special needs," Chairman of the American Federation for Children Betsy DeVos said in a statement. "We applaud the legislature for their bold leadership and putting the needs of...
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) did not release a student privacy bill March 23 as expected. Polis and Messer held off on releasing the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, which intends to prevent vendors and third parties from using student information, according to Messer’s staff. The delay followed complaints from parents and activists who say they fear the measure may not go far enough to protect students.
“While we welcome federal legislation to...
On March 30, the Arizona Senate defeated HB2190, a bill meant to rid the state of Common Core. In a 13-16 vote, the legislators narrowly voted to keep the controversial K-12 math and English standards.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Finchem (R-Oro Valley), aimed to repeal Common Core and to restore local control of standards.
Arizona parents and activists told School Reform News they would continue to fight Common Core.
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