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Sanders’ plans to change public education begin to leak |

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has yet to send her proposals to change public and private education in Arkansas to the legislature, but major provisions have been made available to public school superintendents.

Many of them received last week copies of a document on white and yellow copy paper, which breaks down key parts of what her bill may eventually include.

The provisions have been widely disseminated by news media. The Governor’s Office hasn’t disputed the details of the document.

It’s believed that the governor will present the package as an omnibus bill – meaning that all of the provisions below will be in a single bill that she’ll ask the General Assembly to approve. There are questions among some legal experts about the legality of having so many broad proposals in a single bill, as they affect multiple state agencies, school districts, school boards, private schools, educators and parents.

It’s also not stated how the governor wants to pay for provisions to raise starting teacher salaries from $36,000 to $50,000, pay for hundreds of new school police officers, 120 new literacy teachers, grants for literacy training, tutors, performance bonuses, new courses and other aspects of the plan.

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