Arkansas legislature passes bill to create special needs educational choice program

Awaits Governor’s signature, Arkansas to become 20th school choice state, 42nd educational choice program

Washington, D.C. (March 31, 2015) – The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, applauds the Arkansas legislature for passing a bill to create a new scholarship program for students with special needs. Today, the State Senate voted to concur with the House and pass House Bill 1552.

“Parents and families in Arkansas can celebrate the passage of House Bill 1552 which will create new educational opportunities for children with special needs,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “We applaud the legislature for their bold leadership and putting the needs of students first by passing this important legislation.”

Last week, HB1552 passed the House on a 90-0 vote, with only 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.

HB 1552 now awaits Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s signature. When the bill is signed into law, Arkansas will become the 20th school choice state, 42nd school choice program and 15th state in the nation with a special needs program.

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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.