After passing the Arkansas House with a 90 to 0 vote, the state’s Senate approved HB 1552 offering vouchers to students with disabilities to attend a private school of their choice. Governor Hutchinson is expected to sign the bill into law, making Arkansas the 25th state to offer private school choice.
Just think… We will soon have more states offering private school choice than participating in Common Core assessments.
You can find an excellent summary of the bill and its provisions by Leslie Hiner on the Friedman Foundation web site.
To think, so many “expert commentators” declared school vouchers to be dead in 2008 and 2009 — Diane Ravitch, Jay Mathews, Matthew Miller, Greg Anrig, etc. Of course, history has proven them to be completely wrong in their forecasts, most likely because their predictions of the imminent demise of school vouchers were driven by their own ideological preferences and not by any actual evidence or objective assessment of the situation. There is no accountability for them, of course, except for Jay Mathews who has to buy Greg Forster steak dinners every year.
Twenty-five states have private school choice laws on the books?
Dang. It’s getting tough to keep up.
Here’s the result of some Google-fu – http://www.wsj.com/articles/push-for-private-options-in-education-gains-momentum-1427457602 – and it’s a shocker. 2015 looks to be shaping up as the breakout year for private school vouchers.