The Heritage Foundation recently ranked Arkansas in thirteenth place on its Education Freedom Report Card.

The report analyzed laws from all 50 states — with special focus on school choice, transparency in education, regulatory freedom, and education spending.

Among other things, the report card noted that:

  • Arkansas has rejected Common Core-aligned tests.
  • The state does not apply critical race theory to “diversity training” for educators.
  • Parents may choose among private, charter, and public schools.

The report card identified different ways that Arkansas could improve its education freedoms, including:

  • Establishing education savings accounts.
  • Expanding private-school-choice programs.
  • Making it easier to open and operate charter schools.
  • Giving families more choices among traditional public schools.

The report card also found that one in four of Arkansas’ public school districts with more than 15,000 students employ a “chief diversity officer.”

Read The Report Card Here.

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