Education Caucus

The Education Caucus of the CFC works on issues related to improving opportunities for ALL students across the state.

Chair: Mireya Reith

OTL Campaign

priority issues

 • Improve opportunities to learn for ALL students with research-proven education reforms.

• Create a system that promotes educational equity and professional licensure for ALL Arkansans.

key legislation

Priority Bills We Support

Priority Bills We Oppose

  • HB1413: Rep. Mark Lowry, R-Republican; in House Education Committee. Prohibits public school districts and open-enrollment public charter schools from charging a private school or home school student for the cost of endorsed concurrent enrollment courses.

  • HB1419: Rep. Mark Lowry, R-Republican; in House Education Committee. Amends the law concerning the enrollment in an academic course at a public school or open-enrollment public charter school of a private school or home-schooled student.

  • SB118: Sen. Kim Hammer, R-Benton; referred to Senate Education Committee, but has not been adopted. Eliminates free speech zones from campuses and provides protection for “hateful” speech on high school and public university campuses.

  • SB156: Sen. Bob Ballinger, R-Berryville; passed. Eliminates free speech zones and provides broad protections for free speech on public university campuses.

  • SB349: Sen. Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale; referred to Senate Education Committee. Aims to cut a special pool of funding used to boost opportunities for kids in poverty.

Priority Bills We Are Monitoring

  • HB1019: Rep. Jim Sorvillo, R-Little Rock; read and adopted in House Education Committee. Allows video cameras in certain classrooms upon request.

  • SB392: Sen. Bob Ballinger, R-Berryville; referred to Senate Education Committee. This anti-union legislation essentially eradicates advocacy by teachers unions and other organizations in negotiating educational matters.