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Education savings accounts fail in Arkansas House

The House debated the role of public schools and availability of private options Thursday before failing to pass a measure giving families education money to spend as they see fit.

House Bill 1222 by Rep. Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville, would establish "education savings accounts" for students worth about $6,712.50 per year. It failed to pass in a 37-47 vote.

In the hallway outside the House chamber after the vote, Dotson said he would continue pushing for his bill. He said HB1222 gives poor families options because it puts students who receive free or reduced-cost school lunch first in line for its benefits.