Advocating For Equity

Challenge:

Arkansas had not had an adequacy study – used to determine educational adequacy and funding – since 2002-2003.

Solution:

Forward Arkansas added another voice to the pro-study contingent within the state legislature, including two op-eds published by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The legislature ultimately supported hiring consultants to conduct a new independent study, which took place during the second half of 2020. The study recommended the state do more to provide students with the opportunities they deserve, particularly high-need students and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.