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Tax dollars for private schools

Rep. Jon Hubbard   (Source:  AR House of Representatives) Rep. Jon Hubbard (Source: AR House of Representatives)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 lawmaker has proposed using Arkansas taxpayer dollars to pay for private education.

Republican Representative Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro introduced House Bill 2011 on Monday, March 7. 

According to the bill, a school district would receive half the state funding for a student who is home-schooled or attends a private elementary or secondary school.  The other half of the funding would go to the student. 

To be eligible, the parent of a home-schooled student would have to meet all state requirements.  The child would also be required to take a state-mandate benchmark exam and make a proficient or better score.

Democrats oppose the measure.  In an email to Region 8 News, Candace Martin with the Arkansas Democratic Party said Rep. Hubbard would put public schools "at risk by diverting state funds to private schools."

She called Hubbard's proposal a "huge disservice to the students, parents and educators."

The proposed measure has been referred to House education committee.


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