in 239 public school districts and 18 open enrollment charters
funded by $5.3 billion in total investment,
including $2.3 billion from the state,
accounting for 46% of all general revenue,
producing an 80.7% graduation rate,
with 47.8% requiring post-secondary remediation,
generating a 22.2% two-year college graduation rate (20th in U.S.)
and 38.7% four-year college graduation rate (48th in U.S.),
resulting in 27.9% of Arkansans with at least a two-year degree,
18.7% with a four-year degree (49th in U.S.),
and 6.7% with a graduate degree (50th in U.S.),
governed by 1,432 local school board members
elected, not by 66% of registered voters, as in the last general election,
but by .66% in the separate school election.
That’s 100 times less voter turnout.
Parental and community involvement and leadership in our schools must begin with the elections of those who govern them. Until we move school elections to the general, there will continue to be…
No Education without Representation.