Arkansas House passes legislation to create special needs educational choice program

Washington, D.C. (March 26, 2015) – The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, applauds the Arkansas House of Representatives for passing a bill to create a new scholarship program for students with special needs.
HB 1552 passed the House on a 90-0 vote, with one member voting present and no members speaking against the bill. The legislation allows students with special needs to receive a scholarship to attend the private school of their parents’ choice.
“It is an exciting day for the parents of special needs students in Arkansas who are desperately seeking a way to educate their child in a manner that best suits their unique needs,” said Betsy DeVos, AFC Chairman. “We would like to extend our gratitude to the Arkansas legislators who have wholeheartedly supported this bill and worked to extend life changing options to those students who need them the most.”
The bill now moves on to the State Senate for consideration. If passed, Arkansas would become the 15th state in the nation to have a K-12 scholarship program specifically for special needs students.


American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.


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