Revamped bill no longer ties reading to national school lunch funding


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A bill still focuses on reading in Arkansas schools but no longer puts a funding source on the line. 

The legislation used to tie national school lunch funding to a district’s reading level. 

The amount of funding is based on the number of kids that get free or reduced lunches at a school. 

According to the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research, schools currently use that money for things like tutoring and professional development. 

Senator Alan Clark’s amended bill would work on new spending guidelines over the next two years. 

“Many schools are spending the money very well. Others have all kinds of reasons for why they’re not using the money specifically for academics and for raising the academics of poor students,” says St. Sen. Alan Clark, (R-Lonsdale).

The bill also requires the Department of Education to provide schools with more support if they don’t improve their reading scores. 

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