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'Bill Kopsky'

Governor’s campaign manager leads abortion amendment opposition group

An opposition group has formed to oppose ballot measures on abortion, medical marijuana and public education. It's led by Chris Caldwell, a political consultant who served as Gov. Sanders’ 2022 campaign manager.
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As deadline for Arkansas school vouchers approaches, a proponent and a detractor reflect on the first year

As the second year of the Arkansas LEARNS voucher program kicks off, opponents and supporters have the same sentiment: It will be more of the same. 

Education amendment group For AR Kids racks up another rejection from the AG

This was the third try from a group attempting to require private schools accepting public funding in the form of vouchers to meet the same academic standards public schools must meet, among other changes.

Public education advocates For AR Kids submit revised ballot measure to attorney general

Bill Kopsky, the executive director of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, said the coalition behind the proposal is confident of a better reception at the attorney general’s office this time around.

Citing 1A concerns, AG's office rejects ballot initiative to guarantee education equity

The "Educational Rights Amendment of 2024" would require private schools that accept public funding in the form of vouchers to meet the same standards public schools must meet. That might violate freedom of religion rights, AG Tim Griffin said.

Senate committee takes no vote on FOIA bill after tense all-day hearing

After dozens testified on a government secrecy bill that would pull the shades on decades of sunshine, the Senate State Agencies committee adjourned today without a vote.

Arkansas Republican leaders launch all-out assault on FOIA

A proposed wholesale rework of Arkansas's longstanding Freedom of Information Act would throw a blanket of secrecy over state government.

Arkansas LEARNS omnibus education and voucher bill zooms through committee despite questions, could become law within days

After a day of contentious testimony and acknowledgments that there are still issues and questions in the 144-page bill that need attention, members of the Senate Education Committee voted yes on moving Arkansas LEARNS out of committee and on to the full Senate, where it's expected to be voted on Thursday.

Arkansas lawmakers continue attacking the will of the people

Some politicians and lobbyists are trying to take our rights on ballot measures away again. They don’t like the decisions that we the people have made, so they are trying once again to rewrite the rules to grab the people’s power

Gov. Sanders' teacher raise/school voucher mashup is a devil's bargain, critics say

Thanks, we hate it, Democrats, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and the Public Policy Panel say.

Group forms to defeat measure that would weaken Arkansans' votes

A new push is underway to convince Arkansas voters not to hand over their power.

An Arkansas pediatrician tries to debunk COVID-19 misinformation

A pediatrician came to the Capitol Thursday in hopes of debunking dangerous misinformation about COVID-19.