Bill could send five-hundred low-income students to private schools

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A new bill backed by the governor would send five hundred low-income students to private schools in Pulaski County.

It would create a five-year school choice pilot program for the state’s largest county, pulling $3.5 million from the governor’s discretionary funds.

The bill has split the debate along party lines, with Republicans saying it would give parents and their kids a choice, while Democrats call the measure a social experiment.

Under the bill, any public school district under local control would not lose money on students who leave for a private school. 

If passed, the program could start in the spring of 2020.

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