Statement on the Committee Passage of House Bill 1222

Statement on the Committee Passage of House Bill 1222

Tallahassee, Fla. – ExcelinEd in Action issued the following statement today on the committee passage of House Bill 1222, which would establish a universal, tax-credit funded Education Savings Account (ESA) program, allowing Arkansas students to receive access to the benefit of a customized education.

“I commend Rep. Jim Dotson and members of the House Education Committee for taking this important step that would allow all Arkansas students to pursue their dreams. This bill would empower Arkansas families with choice and resources to find the educational setting that best fits their child’s individual needs.” – J. Alex Kelly, National Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action

Representative Dotson sponsored HB 1222, also known as the Arkansas Parental Empowerment for Educational Choice Act of 2017, to ensure parents have the resources to create a customized education for their children, putting funds toward tutoring, online learning, private school tuition and other state-approved uses.

Nationwide, tax-credit scholarship programs and ESAs provide quality educational options for hundreds of thousands of America’s students who are most in need.

While 17 tax-credit scholarship programs and five ESA programs have been created across the nation, Arkansas would be the first in the nation to combine the two concepts in a tax credit-funded ESA program.