The InvestArk Tax Credit: A Terrible Investment That Arkansas Made For You

AEDC's job creation predictions have a tendency to not exactly work out.

Nearly half of the 45 projects funded with state incentives from 2005 to 2012 reviewed in a special report released Tuesday had “unfavorable cost-benefit ratios” to the state, according to the Division of Legislative Audit (DLA). Primarily, when people think of state-funded economic development programs, they usually assume those funds go towards “creating jobs,” but this recently-released report shows that just isn’t the case in Arkansas for the Consolidated Incentive Act (CIA) of … [Read more...]

Sullivan Speaks About Bowen Law’s Financial Troubles

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I am regularly reminded that Arkansas’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a thing of beauty. You’ll recall that Bowen Law School’s new affirmative-action program, LEAP, has been a subject of extensive discussion here before; because of a recent FOIA request, we’ve also discovered that it’s also been a subject of extensive discussion within the law school. In fact, we discovered that Bowen Professor J. Thomas Sullivan recently summed up many of our concerns in a recent letter to his … [Read more...]

Where Is Arkansas In All This School Choice Stuff?

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The following is the third in a series of guest articles from Greg George, an Advocacy Coordinator with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA): In my final blog post for National School Choice Week, I’d like to give you all a current snapshot of school choice in Arkansas. School choice ultimately comes down to ‘parent power.’ The Center for Education Reform (CER) continuously monitors the status of educational choice across all 50 states via their “Parent Power Index.” … [Read more...]

What Does America Think Of School Choice?

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The following is the second in a series of guest articles from Greg George, an Advocacy Coordinator with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA): For my second education reform article, as part of National School Choice Week, I want to address national trends. What is happening in school choice across the country today? The Center for Education Reform, a leading advocate for choice programs, recently released their latest survey: America’s Attitudes Towards Education … [Read more...]

Why Is School Choice Important?

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The following is the first in a series of guest articles from Greg George, an Advocacy Coordinator with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA): This week marks the celebration of National School Choice Week, which provides an opportunity to showcase how empowering parents through more choices improves education. Participants in National School Choice Week support a variety of school choice options — from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet … [Read more...]

What Is School Choice?

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The following is a guest article from Stefani Buhajla: What is school choice? I thought I knew the answer to that question until recently when I had the privilege of attending a two-day conference on this topic, hosted by The Franklin Center in Milwaukee. My only previous experience with school choice was when my daughter was in 3rd grade. She was attending our local public elementary school which happened to be on the “at risk of failing” list. (If by “at risk” you mean teaching kids you can … [Read more...]

Dan Sullivan, Unfiltered

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On Friday, I sat down with Jonesboro state Senate candidate Dan Sullivan. Sullivan is running for the Republican nomination in the special election for Senate District 21. The vacancy was created after former Senator Paul Bookout resigned amid ethics violations. I contacted Sullivan to learn where he stands on major policy issues and why he’s running for state Senate. These are generally critical elements of any political campaign. Unfortunately, after our discussion, I’m afraid I have no … [Read more...]

Jeb Bush Speaks to Arkansas Media

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was in town today to kickoff the A+ Arkansas education rally. Afterwards, he spoke with reporters. Below is a little video I snagged of the Q&A. He had some very interesting things to say, including some comments about the 2014 gubernatorial race (sorry for the poor audio quality -- if you makes you feel any better, I was standing right there and could barely hear): … [Read more...]