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Succeed Scholarship Parents: More than 95% of parents are satisfied with the academic progress.

2021 Succeed Scholarship Parent Survey

Succeed Scholarship Program

Annual Parent Survey 2020-2021

Parents have POWER! At The Reform Alliance, we recognize this, so we value parent feedback. Annually, we survey all parents who have children participating in the Succeed Scholarship Program.

100% of parents believe the Succeed Scholarship Program should continue to be available.

The annual parent survey is an important tool used to measure the success of this program.  In fact, parent satisfaction with the Succeed Scholarship is incredibly high.  In 2021, 100% of parents responded that the SSP should continue to be available to future students.

98.5% of parents are satisfied with the academic progress of their students!

Parent satisfaction with academic progress made by their students through the Succeed Scholarship is incredibly high.  In 2021, 98.5% of parents  said they were “somewhat” or “very” satisfied with the academic progress of their students at the private school funded through the Succeed Scholarship.

In comparison, 18.6% of parents said they were “somewhat” or “very” satisfied with the academic progress of their students while they were in public school.

Parents are seeing improvement ...

98.4% of parents said they “strongly agree” or “agree” they have seen an improvement in their child’s social development since they started attending a private school using the Succeed Scholarship.

96.8% of parents said they “strongly agree” or “agree” that they have seen improvement in their children’s grades since they started attending a private school using the Succeed Scholarship.

Parents: SSP schools are better at addressing learning disability

When considering how the school addressed their child’s disability, 98.8% of parents were “somewhat” or “very” satisfied with how their SSP school addressed their child’s disability compared to only 19.1% who felt like the child’s disability was properly addressed at their designated public school.

Most parents on the program choose SSP to find a school that specializes in their children's learning disabilities.

Parents reported a wide variety of reasons for choosing to participate in the Succeed Scholarship program, but the most widely reported reasoning was they were looking for a school that specializes in learning disabilities.

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Education conference will be held in Little Rock Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 19, 2021) – The Student Focused Teacher Led conference in Little Rock Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 will feature some of the nation’s leading educators and researchers.

The opening keynote speaker, Ruby Payne, educator and author best known for the book “A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” will speak about “Emotional Poverty in All Demographics.” Payne holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies.

In other sessions, NBA legend Sidney Moncrief, will about “Taking Ownership of Creating a Better World,” and education expert Tammy Pawlowski, who holds a doctorate in Early Childhood Education, will talk about “Myths and Misconceptions: Why Poverty Matters and Why Schools and Teachers Can Matter More.”

“We want to empower educators with research-based practices and industry-proven resources,” said Arkansas State Teachers Association Executive Director Michele Linch, who holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. “Then, they can take these tools back to their classrooms and lead at their schools.”

The Arkansas State Teachers Association, Bright Futures USA, The Reform Alliance and the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education are hosting the conference.

Early registration until August 31 comes with a discounted rate of $50, a complimentary Student Focused Teacher Led T-shirt and a copy of Payne’s book “”Emotional Poverty in All Demographics: How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety and Violence in the Classroom.” Beginning Sept. 1, registration will cost $100. Registration is available at

“Over the past couple decades, the paradigm in education has shifted toward making sure instruction, relationships and classroom interactions are all centered around what is best for students,” said Emmy Henley, managing director of The Reform Alliance. “We invite all educators to attend the conference to learn more about what it means to be student focused like this.”

ABOUT BRIGHT FUTURES USA: Bright Futures USA is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing communities together to focus on the success of children. This grassroots movement uses the Bright Futures framework to engage businesses, human service agencies, faith-based organizations, and parent groups within communities to meet the needs of children so every child can be successful, now and in the future.

ABOUT THE ARKANSAS STATE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: As a state chapter of the Association of American Educators (AAE), the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA) is a statewide non-union, professional educators’ organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda.

ABOUT THE REFORM ALLIANCE: The Reform Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring every K-12 student in Arkansas has equal access to a world-class education. The Reform Alliance is proud to manage the Succeed Scholarship at no cost to the State of Arkansas. Even small expenses like the cost of mailing checks to schools are paid for by a private foundation grant. Free educational resources and more information about The Reform Alliance are available at

ABOUT THE DIVISION OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION: The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is a division of the Arkansas Department of Education which provides leadership, support and service to schools, districts and communities so every student graduates prepared for college, career, and community engagement.

School options are helpful to those in foster care

Rachel Hubbard started her career as a first grade teacher in a public school district. She quickly learned that her heart held a special place for the children who struggled the most – from behavioral problems to academic challenges, she became passionate about serving children who were struggling. That passion lead her to Second Chance Youth Ranch, a foster care ministry in central Arkansas. After just six months of marriage, Rachel and her husband Billy moved to Second Chance Youth Ranch to become foster parents to seven teenage girls. After 5 years of parenting those girls, they moved into their current role as directors of the ranch. Since the beginning of their service at the ranch in 2006, Rachel and her husband have helped raise hundreds of children and teenagers who have experienced heartbreaking trauma. Rachel uses that experience to serve as coach and trainer to foster parents, adoptive parents, teachers, counselors, and juvenile detention workers. She continues directly serving Arkansas’s most vulnerable population through her work at Second Chance Youth Ranch while also traveling the state to provide training and inspiration to others involved in the fight for these children.

School options are helpful to those in foster care

Published by Talk Business and Politics June 5, 2021

Letter to the Editor: Rethinking education

Cheri Stevenson is the director of Access Academy.

Courtney Williams is the director of Compass Academy.

Karye Brockert is the director of Easterseals Academy at Riverdale.