AR: Sanders signs plan for government takeover of private schools

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed her education [sic] bill into law Wednesday afternoon, calling it ‘the largest overhaul of the state’s education system in Arkansas history.’ … The law, also known as the LEARNS Act, has been the top priority for Sanders since taking office in January. The bill includes school vouchers, a $14,000 raise in the starting salary for teachers, a dual diploma for high school students learning a trade, and a repeal of the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act, which makes it easier for school districts to fire teachers because o[f] poor performance. The voucher program, called Educational Freedom Accounts, will allow students to use state education dollars to attend a private or home school of their choice [as long as the school complies with government “standards” and becomes a de facto government school].” (03/08/23)