School choice likely to be part of legislative agenda

School choice likely to be part of legislative agenda
Lawmakers head to Little Rock Jan. 14 for a new legislative session and one of the issues up for debate will be school choice.

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - The legislation dealing with school choice will likely be among the bills that lawmakers will decide as the Arkansas General Assembly meets later this month, with a key supporter saying the idea has support.

According to a report from Little Rock television station KARK, Rep. Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville, plans to revive school choice legislation when lawmakers meet Jan. 14 in Little Rock.

Bill SB 746 was introduced in the 2017 session by Dotson and Sen. Blake Johnson, R-Corning. The bill was approved by the state Senate, but failed by one vote in the House, KARK reported.

Dotson said he is still working on the bill this time and believes it has more support for this year’s session.

“I don’t think parents really care what model of education their child gets as long as their child is getting educated, that they’re in a happy, healthy environment that they’re able to thrive in,” Dotson told KARK.

Dotson said his children have gone to both public and private schools.

“One size does not fit all,” Dotson said. “We’re all individuals. We all have different learning styles.”

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