A new law opens doors of opportunities to students

April 5, 2019

INDEPENDENCE CO, AR (KAIT) – A celebration was held at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce recognizing a new law that will impact the future of students.

Leaders from Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, ForwARd Arkansas and community members gathered in to acknowledge the passing of Act 456, the Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship.

The law will use excess Arkansas Lottery proceeds to fund scholarships that allow high school students to get college credits and career training credentials.

President of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Crystal Johnson said this was an idea shared by the Southside School District Superintendent, which led to the creation of the pilot program.

“It was through the hard work of our Independence County Education Foundation to implement that pilot program,” Johnson said. “They had the vision to scale the program statewide. It’s really because of our donors support we we’re able to turn this dream into reality.”

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