Lawmakers Pass School Choice Legislation in Arkansas

Today the Arkansas House passed SB680 which creates a tax credit scholarship program to expand educational opportunities in the state. The bill passed by a vote of 52-40 and will head to the governor’s desk.

Statement from John Schilling, President of the American Federation for Children:

“This is a momentous day in Arkansas. The need for school choice has never been greater and it’s exciting to see policymakers step up to empower families and students. This program will help students in the state of Arkansas have access to the school that best fits their learning needs. A huge thank you to Senator Jonathan Dismang and Representative Ken Bragg for sponsoring this bill to expand educational opportunity for students in the great state of Arkansas.”

Details:

  • SB 680 creates a $2 million tax credit program
  • Students eligible at or below 200% of poverty
  • 100% tax credit for donors