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Some Arkansas private schools hold back from joining voucher program

BY: - October 30, 2023

More than a third of Arkansas’ private schools opted not to participate in the inaugural year of the state’s new voucher program. Some, like South Arkansas Christian School in Lewisville, said they are still weighing the benefits of the Educational Freedom Account program and may join in the future.  “The first year, it was limited […]

Stacy Smith, deputy commissioner with the Arkansas Department of Education, presented various options available to the State Board of Education on Thursday morning, April 13, 2023, concerning the disposition of the beleaguered Marvell-Elaine School District. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

Federal probe in Florida should raise more than eyebrows in Arkansas

BY: - August 14, 2023

A kerfuffle in the Sunshine State stirred ripples in Arkansas last week when The Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times reported on a federal grand jury subpoena. Prosecutors served the subpoena to Jefferson County Schools in Florida, asking for documents involving bids for a contract in 2021 to help the low-performing district transition back to […]