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Arkansans for world-class education
Advocating for Public Schools

In 2023, Arkansans for World-Class Education worked hard to keep citizens updated on legislation that could impact education. Once the LEARNS act passed we joined other organizations in fighting back, via a voter referendum.

Our next project is lifting up public education, public school students, and public school educators. We are launching a social media campaign in which we will focus on the positive things happening in public schools in Arkansas! We want to hear from you!

We also have a store where you can support our efforts with Public School Pride swag.

Arkansans for World-Class Education wants to establish the right of all Arkansans to a free, equitably funded and world-class education for grades K-12, INCLUDING classroom teachers or instructors who are fairly and professionally compensated.

Also, to ensure that every child three or older but younger than 6 will receive free, equitable, effective and age appropriate state funded pre -K program.

AWCE is staying busy with new initiatives

We dropped the ballot initiative for 2022, but we haven't slowed down.

We joined forces with many other advocacy groups in the PayAREducators Coalition. Our work included helping to organize a rally and block party at the Capital the day before the special session and attending legislative committee meetings.

We also created an anonymous online survey for educators about salary and job satisfaction. This helped us counter some of the messaging that raises weren’t necessary.

During the General Assembly we will be posting legislative updates on our social media about any bills that could affect public education.

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Arkansans for World-Class Education's Goals

Financial Support
  • $400 additional dollars per student per year for ALL public school districts
  • Extra funding for districts in distress
Teacher Compensation
  • All teachers or instructors in all public school districts in Arkansas shall be paid at least the national average pay for a teacher of similar qualifications and experience
  • The current national average is $41,163. The average in Arkansas is $37,143.
Board Certification Incentive
  • $10,000 bonus for nationally board certified teachers
  • $15,000 if the board certified teacher is at a school where at least one half the students receive free or reduced lunch
New State Board of Education Selection Procedure
  • A person who has served on the Board of Education ten years prior to passage of this amendment shall not be eligible
  • Candidates would need classroom experience or a master’s degree in education
  • One member will be appointed from each congressional district
  • The state shall not prohibit collective bargaining rights of teachers and staff of public schools
Smaller Class Size
  • Maximum 20 students during core curriculum for grades K-5
  • Maximum 23 students during core curriculum for grades 6-8
  • Maximum 25 students during core curriculum for grades 9-12
School Board Protection
  • The administration and operation of a public school district is wholly vested in a locally elected school board
  • At no time may the state exercise advisory or operational assistance for more than three years
These boards may receive assistance from the State Board, but at NO time Can the locally elected school board be divested of administrative or operational control of the district it serves

Let's raise our state from the bottom of the polls in education to the top!

arkansans for a world class education

Who We Are

We are a non-profit organization that believes students in Arkansas deserve a world-class education. We believe this can be achieved by compensating teachers, reducing class size and requiring locally elected school boards.

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