School funding in Arkansas could be based on reading readiness performance

February 20, 2019 | KTHV

State Senator Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) has introduced a bill that would reduce National School Lunch state categorical funding for a school if the “overall reading readiness is below a certain percentage.”

The proposed bill would add an amendment that would reduce National School Lunch state categorical funding if a public school district or open-enrollment public charter school falls below a certain threshold for reading readiness.

The National School Lunch state categorical funding program is not to be confused with the federal National School Lunch Act program, according to a 2017 research report.

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