Arkansas
Public Education
Gov. Sanders vows to fulfill ‘promise’ for deaf, blind students in Arkansas with push for new facilities

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders vowed to deliver a “quality education” for deaf and blind students in the state in an announcement at the state capitol Wednesday. “…[T]wo schools were built as… Read More

February 15, 2024
Christian Schools
Gov. Huckabee Sanders speaks at Arkansas summit of Christian school leaders, hosted by the Herzog Foundation

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed Christian school leaders from around the state Monday, answering questions about the Arkansas LEARNS Act, which she signed into law last year. The Summit… Read More

January 25, 2024
Legislation
More work needed on school safety, Arkansas lawmakers told

(The Center Square) – Arkansas lawmakers passed some of the most comprehensive school safety legislation in the county, but more work is needed, a joint education committee heard Monday. Dr. Read More

November 8, 2023
Legislation
Poll: Majority of Arkansans say they support ‘educational freedom’

(The Center Square) – The majority of Arkansas voters support school choice, including 43% of Democrats, according to a new poll released this week. The poll, conducted by advocacy and… Read More

November 3, 2023
Culture
Arkansas governor signs executive order against ‘woke nonsense’

The Arkansas government won’t be using any “woke” and “anti-women” terminology, thanks to an executive order signed by the governor. “Today, we’re taking a stand against woke nonsense,” Gov. Sarah… Read More

October 25, 2023
Courts
Arkansas Supreme Court rules in favor of school choice LEARNS Act

(The Center Square) – The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the lawmakers did enact an emergency clause when passing the LEARNS Act earlier this year. A lawsuit filed by… Read More

October 13, 2023
Public Education
Arkansas’ new universal school choice program is thriving, first report reveals

The Arkansas Department of Education released new data on the state’s universal school choice program after its first round of scholarships were dispersed. The first quarter… Read More

October 10, 2023
Public Education
Arkansas approves 5,000 applications in inaugural school choice contingent

Arkansas has approved nearly 5,000 students to participate in its flagship school choice program.  The Arkansas Children’s Educational Freedom Account Program (EFA) passed the state legislature earlier this year and… Read More

August 14, 2023
Public Education
Arkansas school board gives preliminary green light to school safety rules

(The Center Square) – New school safety rules created as part of the Arkansas LEARNS Act will soon be available for public comment, pending the governor’s approval. Lawmakers included school… Read More

August 11, 2023
Public Education
More than 5,400 Arkansas students applied for Education Freedom Accounts

(The Center Square) – Ninety schools and 5,426 students applied for Education Freedom Accounts under Arkansas’ new LEARNS Act, according to information provided to The Center Square by the Arkansas… Read More

August 1, 2023
Public Education
Sanders appoints LEARNS supporter to state education board

(The Center Square) – Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ first appointee to the Arkansas Board of Education is a former Republican lawmaker who helped get the LEARNS Act through, according to… Read More

July 14, 2023
Courts
Court filings call for expedited schedule on LEARNS case

(The Center Square) – Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin is asking the state Supreme Court to expedite briefings in a case challenging the emergency clause of the LEARNS Act. Griffin… Read More

July 14, 2023
Legislation
Ohio governor signs state budget expanding school choice

(Daily Caller News Foundation) – Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s 2024-2025 budget Tuesday, expanding the already established school voucher program. Under the 2024-2025 Ohio … Read More

July 5, 2023
Courts
Arkansas AG says he will appeal LEARNS Act delay

(The Center Square) – Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin said Friday afternoon he will appeal a ruling that delays the implementation of the LEARNS Act until Aug. 1. Pulaski County… Read More

July 3, 2023
Culture
Sarah Huckabee Sanders sounds off on judge who blocked sex change ban for minors

(Daily Caller News Foundation) – Republican Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders criticized a federal court ruling Tuesday blocking the state’s ban on child sex changes. U.S. District Judge James M. Read More

June 22, 2023
Courts
Arkansas Supreme Court orders school choice reform to go forward

The Arkansas Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling preventing the implementation of the state’s new educational reform law. The LEARNS Act is a series of… Read More

June 15, 2023
Courts
Arkansas AG argues lawsuit against new school choice law is really just political

(The Center Square) – Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin called a lawsuit against the LEARNS Act political, while the plaintiffs in the suit said the case is a constitutional question… Read More

June 7, 2023
Courts
LEARNS Act challenge in the hands of the Arkansas Supreme Court

(The Center Square) – Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin is asking the state’s Supreme Court to immediately stay a lower court order that suspends the implementation of the LEARNS Act. Read More

June 1, 2023
Courts
Arkansas LEARNS Act suspended by judge until June hearing

(The Center Square) – A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge has suspended the Arkansas LEARNS Act until a hearing can be held to determine if lawmakers erred by not adding… Read More

May 30, 2023
Public Education
Study: COVID cost Arkansas students $6.6 billion in lifetime earnings

(The Center Square) – Months of educational setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic are projected to create a $6.6 billion in total lifetime earnings loss for Arkansas students, according to… Read More

May 18, 2023