Arkansas’ Succeed Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities is the state’s first school choice program. This school voucher program was enacted in 2015, and it will launch for the use of families in 2016. Learn more about the program’s details on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations and more.
Beginning in the 2016–17 school year, Arkansas will provide vouchers to students with disabilities to attend private school, with reduced eligibility requirements for dependents of active-duty members of the military.
Each student’s voucher will be funded at the public school foundation funding amount for the current school year ($6,646 in 2016–17), up to but not exceeding the amount of tuition and fees at the private school.
Students must be accepted to a private school and have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and be either (A) enrolled in an Arkansas public school for at least one year or (B) dependents of active-duty members of the military. For the 2016–17 school year, the program shall be limited to 100 students.
In the state where black students were first able to receive quality education through integration of public schools, the passage of Arkansas’ Succeed Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities has become another historical milestone for educational opportunity. However, it is just one step. Eligibility for this program is too restrictive for Arkansas students. It should reflect the message of Little Rock: all students should be eligible for a scholarship to attend any school of choice. Further, the funding of the program is averaged at 71 percent of public school per-student spending. This cap should be raised to allow students greater purchasing power and access to more schooling options.
Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-1901 through 1908
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.