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 launched for the use of families in 2016. Learn more about the program’s details on this page, including eligibility, funding, regulations and more.
Reduces eligibility requirements for dependents of active-duty members of the military
23 participating students (Spring 2017)
13 percent of students eligible statewide
26 participating schools (Spring 2017)
Average voucher value: $6,646 (2016–17)
Value as a percentage of public school per-student spending: 69 percent
Arkansas provides vouchers to students with disabilities and dependents of active-duty members of the military who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to attend private school.
Each student’s voucher is 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, 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. Beginning in 2017–18, students in foster care will also be eligible, and up to 20 vouchers will be available for those students. Also beginning in 2017–18, the program will allow the superintendent of a student’s resident school district to waive the requirement that the student previously attend public school for one year.
In the state where black students were first able to receive quality education through the 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 maxed at 69 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. §§ 6-41-801 through 807
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.
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