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 https://sftl.me/conference/.

“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 thereformalliance.org.

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.


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Governor officially marks the creation of the Philanthropic Investment in Arkansas Kids Program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 19, 2021) – Today Gov. Asa Hutchinson officially marked the signing of Act 904, which created the Philanthropic Investment in Arkansas Kids Program, with supporters.
 
In April, the Arkansas General Assembly passed legislation for the tax credit scholarship program for K-12 students. Hutchinson signed the bill into law April 26 and met with supporters at the Capitol today.  
 
“We are just so glad to be able to offer this opportunity for students that have a need for a different education option,” said Rep. Ken Bragg, the bill’s primary sponsor. “I appreciate everyone that helped work on this bill to get it passed.”
 
The program will provide funding for private school tuition for approximately 250 K-12 students whose families would normally not be able to afford the option. 
 
“Most people recognize that there is a significant achievement gap between students from higher income families and lower income families,” said The Reform Alliance’s Managing Director Emmy Henley. “This is an essential step to giving students from lower income families equal access to resources that could help bridge the gap.”
 
Arkansas is the 20th state to enact a tax credit scholarship program, and supporters are excited about the opportunity this creates for families with students whose needs are not being met in the traditional public school system.
 
“This program will not mean the end of public education,” said Sen. Jonathan Dismang, the bill’s lead sponsor. “However, it does mark the beginning for 250 families. Experiences matter; situations matter; opportunities matter.” 
 
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 thereformalliance.org.
 


Virtual town hall panelists spotlight value of flexible education strategies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 13, 2021) – On Wednesday evening, panelists at The Reform Alliance’s virtual town hall emphasized how educational strategies need to be flexible to meet the needs of different students.
 
Courtney Williams from Compass Academy and Cheri Stevenson from Access Academy explained the Succeed Scholarship is a valuable tool for students with learning disabilities because they can use the scholarship to attend private schools with specialized experience in addressing their needs.
“Our students don’t have to be a round peg to fit into a round hole,” Stevenson said. “We have a lot of flexibility in the ways we can teach.”

Students who have an individualized education plan (IEP), an individual service plan (ISP) or a qualifying medical diagnosis are eligible for the Succeed Scholarship.
 
Children who are currently living in a group foster home are also eligible for the Succeed Scholarship. Rachel Hubbard from Second Chance Youth Ranch said this is a vital option since these children often are at risk of being left behind in traditional school settings due to what they have experienced.
 
“Every child in foster care had endured a lot of trauma: abuse, neglect, molestation, loss of a parent,” Hubbard said. “It is absolutely impossible for a child to carry that kind of weight on their shoulders and leave it at the front door when they walk into the school building.”
 
The Arkansas Department of Education is currently accepting Succeed Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year until May 17. Instructions for applying and the link to the online portal are available on The Reform Alliance’s website.

The panelists also discussed recent education legislation, like the expansion of the Succeed Scholarship program to include students from military families and the creation of Philanthropic Investment in Arkansas Kids, a tax credit scholarship program.
 
“It’s definitely very important that we take into account the importance of equity, access and opportunity when we are working with all students,” Kanesha Barnes from AR Kids Read said. “All students should have equal access to equitable educational outcomes.”
 
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 thereformalliance.org.


Virtual town hall will highlight educational options available in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 10, 2021) – The Reform Alliance (TRA) is hosting an education-themed virtual town hall via Facebook live at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12. 

 
Panelists will talk about the unique educational experiences faced by K-12 students with learning disabilities, in foster care and from military families. They will share experiences with the Succeed Scholarship program and the latest updates on other educational opportunities for Arkansas students, like the recently passed Philanthropic Investment in Arkansas Kids tax credit scholarship program. 
 
Rachel Hubbard from Second Chance Youth Ranch, Jody Bergstrom from Camp Alliance, Courtney Williams from the Compass Academy and Cheri Stevenson from Access Academy will serve on the panel. TRA Managing Director Emmy Henley will moderate the discussion.
 
“Some families are desperately looking for help for students whose needs are not being met in their current learning environments,” Henley said. “We want to make sure these families know about options and have accurate information so they are able to make informed decisions that would improve their education experience.”
 
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 thereformalliance.org.


Succeed Scholarship Parent Survey: 98-100 believe the Succeed Scholarship Program should continue to be available.

Annual Parent Survey Data

Succeed Scholarship Parent Survey Results 

2018-2021 Parent Surveys

Parents have POWER! At The Reform Alliance, we recognize this, and we value their opinions. So, we survey all parents who have children participating in the Succeed Scholarship Program annually.

TRA believes that parents are the best decision makers when determining the right educational options for their children, and all children should have the opportunity for a world-class education regardless of zip code or family income. In our existing, one-size-fits-all zip-code-based education model, the financial means of the family, including the ability to live in the “right” zip code, determines the school that a child attends, regardless of what a parent thinks is best.


More than 98% of parents believe the Succeed Scholarship Program should continue to be available.

Because of the important role parents should play in making decisions for their child and the education freedom provided by the Succeed Scholarship, 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 believed that the SSP should continue to be available to future students.

Academic Progress Satisfaction - SSP -v- Designated Public School

When considering the academic progress of their students, in 2021, 98.5% of parents said they were satisfied with the academic progress of their child in the SSP versus only 18.6% who were satisfied with the academic progress of their child in their designated public school.

Individual Attention - SSP -v- Designated Public School

When considering the individual attention received by their students, in 2021, 98.8% of parents said they were “somewhat” or “very” satisfied with the individual attention received by their child compared to 23.5% who felt the same about the designated public school.

Addressing Child's Disability  - SSP -v- Designated Public School

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.


Poll from Arkansas State Teachers Association shows support for HB1371

Poll from Arkansas State Teachers Association shows support for HB1371

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 12, 2020) – In a recent member poll from the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA), a nonunion educator association, 56% of teachers indicated they support HB1371, which would create the Arkansas Child Academic Opportunity Scholarship and Grant Act.

“I think it is a great idea for businesses and the state to work together to support the community,” one response said.

About 24% neither agree or disagree with the proposed program, and only 20% oppose it. Many of the disagree comments reflected a misunderstanding of the bill, according to Michele Linch, ASTA’s executive director. For example, one survey response said, “Tax dollars are not for private or charter schools,” when the program is funded by donations made by individuals and organizations in exchange for tax credits, not by tax revenue. Also, tax dollars already go to charter schools because they are public schools; the program does not have an effect on that.

The poll follows a recently released survey from Cyngal that showed that more than more than half of voters in all eight of the identified House of Representatives districts support tax credits for scholarships. In February, the University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy and EdChoice also released a fiscal impact statement showing a positive benefit of $2.3 million for the state, along with a positive fiscal benefit of $773,00 to public schools, from the private scholarship component of the program.

ABOUT THE ARKANSAS STATE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: The Arkansas State Teachers Association is the state chapter of the Association of American Educators (AAE), the largest national, nonunion, professional educator organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to educator empowerment and advocacy—promoting professionalism, collaboration, and excellence without a partisan agenda. ASTA-AAE is committed to a teaching profession that is student oriented, well respected, and personally fulfilling. Classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, student teachers, university professors, support staff, and supporters can learn more at astapro.org.

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 thereformalliance.org.