State Aids in Tuition for Private School

"We are very excited because we have done this for a bit and now people in the community are going to have the opportunity to be able to take advantage of the program we have," Plymale said.

"We do believe everyone is special. Everyone is created for a purpose. We really do enjoy the opportunity to partner with families to help those students grow and become all they can be."

The school has not yet enrolled any Succeed Scholarship students but is working with two families who have indicated interest, Plymale said. In a third case, the student's need for resources exceeded what the school could provide, she said.

At the end of last week, a total of nine schools were listed on the Arkansas Department of Education's website as having been approved to accept Succeed Scholarship students. Besides Union Christian Academy, which can serve kindergarten through 12th grades in the Succeed Scholarship Program, the schools are:

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Arkansas Offers School Vouchers to children with Special Needs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas embarks on a new school voucher program for families with children who have special needs. 

The program allows parents of children with certain disabilities to use state funding to pay for private education outside of their public school district.  The program essentially gives parents of special-needs children the choice of enrolling them in public schools or in private. 

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Succeed Scholarship Starts 2016-2017 School Year

Arkansas took a huge step forward on school choice during the 2015 legislative session by passing a law that established the Succeed Scholarship program. The Succeed Scholarship is the first school voucher program to be established in the Natural State. This law gives parents of children with special needs the ability to send their children to the school that best meets their unique circumstances. The upcoming 2016-2017 school year will be the first academic year parents will be able to benefit from the program. The program allows children with special needs to receive a scholarship worth up to $6600 to attend a private school.   For a student to be accepted into the program, a student must be eligible for special education, must have attended a public school the previous year, and must be accepted to the private school of their choice.  In order to accept eligible students, private schools must apply and be approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.   Both parents and private schools can apply to the program here. The Arkansas Department of Education has partnered with The Reform Alliance, a local education non-profit organization, to help implement the program. Katie Clifford, Executive Director of The Reform Alliance, said in a statement the program would help “students who need the opportunity the most.” Clifford said: We are getting phone calls from parents and private schools interested in the program every single day.  While the program has a limited number of scholarships available for the first year, we’re looking forward to seeing it grow. The biggest improvement the Succeed Scholarship brings to education in Arkansas is that it gives parents, many who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it, a choice in what situation is best for their child. We here at The Arkansas Project know that competition improves outcomes in private business. It’s good to see these principles being introduced into K-12 education in the Natural State.

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Arkansas Governor Approves Succeed Scholarship Program Funding

Today, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Arkansas’ 2016-2017 budget (SB 59) which included funding for the Succeed Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities.  This groundbreaking program allows up to 100 students with an individualized education plan (IEP) to receive a scholarship to a private school of choice, empowering parents to choose the school that best meets the learning needs of their children. The budget passed the legislature last week with no dissenting votes in either chamber. -

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Arkansas School Choice Rally - Thursday 1-28-16

Join The Reform Alliance for the Arkansas School Choice Rally celebrating National School Choice Week!  

The rally will be held at the State Capitol rotunda from 11:00am to Noon on Thursday 1/28/16.  There will be tshirts, scarfs, signs and apples to give away.  We want everyone to join us and show support for school choice #ChooseChoiceAR

Please contact us will any questions.