News and Updates | August 2021
Parents share feedback about the Succeed Scholarship
We appreciate everyone who responded to the annual parent survey for Succeed Scholarship families! More than 60% of families shared feedback about their education experiences.

We have been sharing stories on social media, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! We have also shared key data on our website. For example, 96.8% of parents reported that they have seen improvement in their children's grades. Click the button below to see more results.
Registration is now open for the Student Focused Teacher Led conference
Join us for two full days of programming as we learn from some of the nation's leading educators, researchers and practitioners about what it means to be student-focused and teacher-led!

Register by Aug. 31 for a discounted rate of $50! You will also get a free T-shirt and a copy of Payne's book, "Emotional Poverty in All Demographics: How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety and Violence in the Classroom."
Education News and Headlines
Education town halls scheduled for GOP, Democratic gubernatorial candidates
ATV and Talk Business & Politics will host two town halls focused on education in August that will provide forums for the Republican and Democratic candidates for Arkansas governor.
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States's Aspire test results down across the board
Student achievement on the state-required ACT Aspire exams fell in all grades and subjects in spring 2021 compared with the results in spring 2019, the previous time the tests were given.
New Poll: School Choice Support at All Time High
Support for school choice in America continues to soar.

According to a June poll from RealClear Opinion Research, polling more than 1762 registered voters, a majority support school choice (74% vs. 16% opposed) while 10% are unsure.
Image Source: RealClear Opinion Research
Celebrating July 4th at Pops on the River
Faces of Freedom
These are the voices of Arkansas families who have benefited from Arkansas’s Succeed Scholarship Program:

"The Succeed Scholarship program has given my once shy and unsocial little girl, Kiyah, the confidence, ability, and hope to thrive. On the spectrum, Kiyah was diagnosed at an early age. Her mom and I worked hard to introduce and provide her with support and safety not often found in the public school system. Bullying is a common theme and thread in many public school systems and often times it is students with a disability receiving the brunt of bullying and or lack of compassion from some teachers. Arkansas is not yet in a position to provide an educational environment and process that is conducive to the diverse needs of its students. If we are champions of one of Arkansas' most precious and natural resources, the kids, it would be egregious to defund the Succeed Scholarship program. Doing so would surely be a setback to our kids who benefit from the scholarship." - Kevin, Succeed Scholarship parents
The Reform Alliance is proud to manage the Succeed Scholarship at no cost to the State of Arkansas. Even small expenses like the cost of mailing checks to schools are paid for by a private foundation grant. 
We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring every K-12 student in Arkansas has equal access to a world class education. Our mission is to create a network of parent and community leaders so every policy decision and every conversation about education starts and ends with how it impacts our kids.