Arkansas Panel Advances Private School Scholarships Bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Senate panel has endorsed a $3 million proposal to turn tax credits into scholarships for private schools after the governor said he supports the measure.

The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Wednesday endorsed the proposal , which would create an income tax credit for contributions to approved organizations that award scholarships to private K-12 schools. The scholarships would go toward low-income or disabled students, as well as foster children or children of Armed Forces members.

Education groups oppose the measure, saying it’s effectively a voucher program directing state money to private schools.

The proposal comes as another measure to fund a $3.5 million voucher pilot program in Pulaski County is pending before a Senate committee. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he prefers that measure, but supports either bill.

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