Arkansas

How a Grassroots Organization Grows in Power

One of the amazing things about grassroots organizations is how they develop—from genuine community upswell and shared interest in important ideas and values to, hopefully, a political force of empowered citizens. Bill Kopsky, the head of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, talks in a short video about the history of his organization and its own development.

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Bill Kopsky, via the APPP

Arkansas School Privatization Bill Withdrawn

A rally at the Arkansas capitol building turned into an impromptu victory party as organizers and supporters received word that the bill they were protesting, House Bill 1733 had been withdrawn from consideration in the legislative session. The bill would have transferred control of struggling districts to private organizations and left these districts and the communities they serve without a voice in school reform efforts. 

A rally at the Arkansas capitol building turned into an impromptu victory party as organizers and supporters received word that the bill they were protesting, House Bill 1733 (HB1733) had been withdrawn from consideration in the legislative session. HB1733 would have transferred control of struggling districts to private organizations and left these districts and the communities they serve without a voice in school reform efforts. Yet while this win for public education is certainly cause for happiness, the bill's defeat does not mean th

How Arkansas' Commitment to Fair School Funding Has Helped Students

Following the landmark Lake View court case in Arkansas over a decade ago, the state has made huge strides in equalizing school funding and trying to give all students access to a great public education – but there's still room for improvement.

Following the landmark Lake View court case in Arkansas over a decade ago, the state has made huge strides in equalizing school funding and trying to give all students access to a great public education.

Meet the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign!

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-12-02

In early October 2014, parents, students, teachers and community members attended a summit hosted by the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign. Watch this great video from the event and meet the dedicated members of this statewide campaign fighting for great public schools for all Arkansas students.

In early October 2014, parents, students, teachers and community members attended a summit hosted by the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign. Watch this great video from the event and meet the dedicated members of this statewide campaign fighting for great public schools for all Arkansas students.

AR OTL Summit Recap: A Letter From Little Rock

Cassie Schwerner, Schott Foundation for Public Education

On October 3rd and 4th I had the great honor to attend the 3rd annual Arkansas OTL Summit. Arkansas' organizers and advocates really know how to put on a show!


Cassie Schwerner speaking at the 3rd annual
Arkansas OTL Campaign Summit.

On October 3rd and 4th I had the great honor to attend the 3rd Arkansas OTL Summit. Arkansas' organizers and advocates really know how to put on a show! 

Understanding the Common Core: Resources from AR Ally

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia. To say they're contentious is to put it mildly. Admist a nationwide backlash, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a member of the Arkansas OTL Campaign, has released a short guide for parents to answer some of the biggest questions about the Common Core and its impact on their children's schools.

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia. To say they're contentious is to put it mildly. For various reasons, a nationwide backlash has taken hold and some states are reconsidering the standards.

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AR Allies Set the Stage for Next Year's Pre-K Push

OTL allies in Arkansas came close to securing more funding for the state's pre-k program this year, but unfortunately will have to try again in the next budget season. Despite the nationwide push to expand pre-k access, AR legislators instead put more funding towards expanding the state's prison system.


Sen. Joyce Elliott (Arkansas Times)

AR OTL Lays Out Next Steps for Improving Arkansas Education

Education organizers in Arkansas held a press conference at the state capitol highlighting the improvement Arkansas schools have made over the past decade and how additional reforms like pre-k and afterschool programs can help all students succeed.

The Arkansas OTL Campaign held a press conference in December as part of the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education. Advocates and organizers spoke at the state capitol about the improvement Arkansas schools have made over the past decade and what work there is left to do to ensure every student has access to a quality education.

AACF to Host Nov. 6 Policy Cafe in Arkadelphia

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is hosting a Policy Café in Arkadelphia on Nov. 6. Policy cafés are a self-guided mini-conference where participants can choose from discussions that center around issues that impact children and families in Arkansas. Register today!

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) is partnering with the Community Family Enrichment Center, Inc. and the Arkadelphia Public School District to present an AACF Policy Café in Arkadelphia.

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Fixing Disparities in School Facilities

A new brief from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families shows the importance of school facilities in a child's education and how fixing disparities can help all students succeed.

Among the many ways that policymakers can help close the opportunity gap and ensure every student has access to equitable resources is to fix the disparities in school facilities.

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