HB 1770 will, if passed, allow state-takeovers of school districts to last as long as five years. Under current law, two years is the maximum. Two years is long enough.
To extend this big-government seizure of school districts for three additional years would be undemocratic and unAmerican. Parents, taxpayers, voters -- all have been robbed of their voices in school districts which have been taken over. Why? They cannot vote in school board elections. They are utterly disenfranchised, and at the mercy of appointed (not elected) officials of the Arkansas Department of Education. State-takeover is emergency-only. It should not be prolonged.
This is taxation without representation. It goes against everything America stands for. We call upon the Arkansas State Senate to reject this bad bill from the Arkansas State House, and allow local control of Arkansas schools to be restored in a timely manner.