Arkansas’ Succeed Scholarship Program 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.
Arkansas provides private school vouchers to students in foster care and students with disabilities. Students who fall under either category must have previously attended public school, unless they are children of active-duty military families or they receive a waiver from their school district.
Each student’s voucher is funded at the public school foundation funding amount for the current school year ($6,899 in 2019–20), up to but not exceeding the amount of tuition and fees at the private school.
Students must be accepted to a private school that the state deems eligible to participate in the Succeed Scholarship Program and A) be in foster care, B) have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or (C) have an individualized service plan in accordance with IDEA. Students that meet the aforementioned requirements must also either A) be dependents of active-duty military members, B) have been enrolled in an Arkansas public school for at least one year or C) receive a waiver from their home district superintendent. Beginning in the 2017–18 school year students in foster care became eligible, and the legislature made up to 20 vouchers available for those students. Also beginning in 2017–18, the program allowed the superintendent of a student’s resident school district to waive the requirement that the student previously attend public school for one year.
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 about two-thirds of total public school per-student spending. This cap should be raised to give families greater purchasing power and access to more schooling options.
Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-41-901 through 907
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.
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