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.
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 private school vouchers to students in foster care or students with disabilities. Students who fall under either category must have previously attended public school, unless they are children of active-duty military families.
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 that is eligible to participate in the Succeed Scholarship program and A) be in foster care or B) have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Students that meet the aforementioned requirements must also either be A) dependents of active-duty military members or B) have been enrolled in an Arkansas public school for at least one year. For the 2016–17 school year, the program shall be limited to 100 students. Beginning in 2017–18, students in foster care were made eligible, and up to 20 vouchers were made available for those students. Also beginning in 2017–18, the program allows 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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