Earlier I posted about the upcoming school choice events around Arkansas this week. I also mentioned that our state representative Mark Biviano will be speaking there.
Biviano followed up with me in an email outlining why he believes in school choice for Arkansas, saying that reforming education in the state should be a top priority in the 2013 legislative session.
A recent report said that over 50% of Arkansas’ high school graduates require remediation before they can take a serious college level class. More than 25% of our students are not proficient in reading or math upon completion of the 8th grade. Arkansas also received a (D) in overall achievement K-12. School choice is a viable option that has proven result in other states and one that Arkansas should consider.
Biviano says that school choice gives Arkansas families the ability to choose what educational options best serves their children.
Options range from great public schools, public charter schools, and access to high-quality private schools. This gives all Arkansas students a chance at an excellent education and opportunity for success.
We spend more than two-thirds of our budget on education in Arkansas. With such a large portion of tax payer money going to fund public schools, we need to consider innovative programs that improve our overall results.
Biviano is up for re-election in 2012. No Democrat opponent has officially announced their intentions to challenge Biviano who took Little Rock by storm in 2011, spear-heading efforts against the implementation of Obamacare in the state.