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Legislative Report Card (2013)
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If A through F letter grades are good enough for students, and good enough for schools and districts (thanks to Act 696), then they also are good enough for the legislators who make the laws which govern our public schools.

Below are the final grades on bills specifically supported by Arkansas Learns during the 89th General Assembly. Grades are based solely on legislators' floor votes. Excused does not count against the legislator, while Present and Not Voting are recorded as Incomplete (I).

However, Not Voting or Present on SB587 (moving school board elections to the general) was counted as a Nay on representatives' records, as the number of those Not Voting or Present contributed to the defeat of the bill. Conversely, those senators changing their vote to Yea on SB587 after the first vote was expunged did not have their first vote count against them.

With twelve floor votes in the Senate and eleven (11) in the House on eight bills (see below), sixteen senators (46%) and thirteen representatives (13%) voted Yea on every bill to achieve a perfect 100% A+ voting record. An additional eight senators (23%) and twenty representatives (20%) had 100% A records with at least one Incomplete or Expunged vote, 

Here are how the grades break down:

  • A+ (100%, No Incomplete) - 16 Senators, 13 Representatives
  • A (100%, At Least One Incomplete and/or Expunged) - 8 Senators, 20 Representatives
  • A (90 - 99%) - 1 Senator, 50 Representatives
  • B (80 - 89%) - 6 Senators, 7 Representatives
  • C (70 - 79%) - 4 Senators, 3 Representatives
  • D (60 - 69%) - 3 Representatives
  • F (0 - 59%) - 4 Representatives

At the other end of the scale, while no senator graded lower than a C, three representatives received a D and four received an F. Click here for a spreadsheet of each legislator's respective votes.

In fairness, with seven of eight supported bills enacted into law, Arkansas Learns earned a B (87.5%) for the session.

100% Honor Roll

A+ (100%, No Incomplete)

Senators

  • Cecile Bledsoe
  • Ronald Caldwell
  • Jonathan Dismang
  • Jane English
  • Jake Files
  • Bart Hester
  • Jimmy Hickey
  • Bruce Holland
  • Missy Irvin
  • Johnny Key
  • Michael Lamoureux
  • Jason Rapert
  • David Sanders
  • Gary Stubblefield
  • Eddie Joe Williams
  • Jon Woods

Representatives

  • Mark Biviano
  • Ann Clemmer
  • Andy Davis
  • Gary Deffenbaugh
  • Jon Eubanks
  • Charlene Fite
  • Jeremy Gillam
  • Karen Hopper
  • Douglas House
  • Patti Julian
  • Andrea Lea
  • Andy Mayberry
  • David Meeks

A (100%, At Least One Incomplete and/or Expunged Vote)

Senators

  • Alan Clark (I)
  • Jim Hendren (E)
  • Bobby Pierce (E)
  • Jeremy Hutchinson (I)
  • Bryan King (III)
  • Bill Sample (I)
  • Robert Thompson (E)
  • David Wyatt (I)(E)

Representatives

  • Randy Alexander (IIII)
  • Duncan Baird (III)
  • Bob Ballinger (I)
  • Nate Bell (I)
  • John Burris (I)
  • Davy Carter (IIIIIIIIIII - By tradition, only votes in case of tie)
  • Charlie Collins (I)
  • Jim Dotson (I)
  • John Edwards (III)
  • Joe Farrer (I)
  • Justin Harris (I)
  • Debra Hobbs (I)
  • Allen Kerr (III)
  • Mark Lowery (II)
  • Josh Miller (II)
  • Micah Neal (II)
  • John Payton (I)
  • Matthew Shepherd (I)
  • Bruce Westerman (I)
  • Richard Womack (II)

Other 

    A (90 - 99%)

    Senators

    • David Johnson

    Representatives

    • Denny Altes (II)
    • John Baine (I)
    • Jonathan Barnett (III)
    • Ken Bragg (I)
    • David Branscum (I)
    • Les Carnine
    • John Catlett
    • Bruce Cozart (III)
    • Robert Dale (I)
    • Jody Dickinson (IIII)
    • Charlotte Douglas (IIII)
    • Dan Douglas
    • Deborah Ferguson (II)
    • David Fielding (IIIII)
    • Bill Gossage (II)
    • Kim Hammer (IIIIII)
    • Prissy Hickerson (III)
    • Monte Hodges (III)
    • Mike Holcomb (II)
    • John Hutchison (I)
    • Lane Jean (I)
    • Joe Jett (II)
    • David Kizzia (II)
    • Sheilla Lampkin (II)
    • Greg Leding (II)
    • Kelley Linck (II)
    • Stephen Magie (IIIII)  
    • Stephanie Malone (II)
    • Walls McCrary (III)
    • George McGill (IIIII)
    • James McLean (I)
    • Stephen Meeks (III)
    • Betty Overbey (III)
    • Mark Perry (IIIIII)
    • James Ratliff (I)
    • Terry Rice (I)
    • Chris Richey (III)
    • Warwick Sabin (IIII)
    • Sue Scott
    • Mary Slinkard (I)
    • Frederick Smith (IIIIIII)
    • Nate Steel (IIII)
    • Brent Talley
    • Tommy Thompson (IIII)
    • John Vines
    • Wes Wagner
    • Jeff Wardlaw (III)
    • Butch Wilkins (IIII)
    • Tommy Wren (II)
    • Marshall Wright (II)

    B (80 - 89%)

    Senators

    • Paul Bookout
    • David Burnett (I)
    • Linda Chesterfield (I)
    • Stephanie Flowers (III)
    • Keith Ingram (I)
    • Larry Teague (II)

    Representatives

    • Eddie Armstrong (IIIII)
    • Scott Baltz (I)
    • Fonda Hawthorne (IIIIIII)
    • David Hillman (III)
    • Fredrick Love (IIIII)
    • Henry Wilkins (IIII)
    • James Word (II)

      C (70 - 79%)

      Senators

      • Eddie Cheatham
      • Joyce Elliott
      • Uvalde Lindsey
      • Bruce Maloch

      Representatives

      • Mary Broadaway (IIII)
      • Jim Nickels (IIII)
      • Darrin Williams (IIIII)

        D (60 - 69%)

        Representatives

        • Charles Armstrong (III)
        • Reginald Murdock (I)
        • John Walker (IIIII)

        F (0 - 59%)

        Representatives

        • Harold Copenhaver (I)
        • Homer Lenderman
        • Mark McElroy
        • David Whitaker (I)

        Bills/Acts

        Supported, Signed into Law

        SB752 (Act 696), To Clarify for Parents the Public School Rating System on Annual School Report Cards.
        Passed Senate 27 Yeas, 5 Nays, 2 Not Voting
        Passed Senate Amended 35 Yeas
        Passed House 86 Yeas, 14 Not Voting

        HB1528 (Act 509), To Designate Department of Education as the Primary Charter School Authorizer.
        Passed House 87 Yeas, 13 Not Voting
        Passed Senate 32 Yeas, 3 Nays

        SB65 (Act 1227), To Establish the Public School Choice Act of 2013; and to Declare an Emergency.
        Passed Senate 34 Yeas, 1 Not Voting
        Passed House 54 Yeas, 8 Nays, 38 Not Voting
        Emergency Clause Failed House 57 Yeas, 6 Nays, 37 Not Voting
        Reconsideration of Emergency Clause Passed House 75 Yeas, 8 Nays, 17 Not Voting
        Emergency Clause Passed House 75 Yeas, 8 Nays, 17 Not Voting
        Passed Senate Amended 32 Yeas, 1 Nay, 2 Excused

        SB768 (Act 703), An Act for the Department of Education - Arkansas School Recognition Program General Improvement Appropriation.
        Passed House 89 Yeas, 11 Not Voting
        Passed Senate 34 Yeas, 1 Not Voting

        HB1785 (Act 1280), To Provide Digital Learning Opportunities in Public Schools.
        Passed House 84 Yeas, 1 Nay, 15 Not Voting
        Passed Senate 33 Yeas, 2 Excused

        SB836 (Act 1255), To Establish the Open-Enrollment Public Charter School Facilities Loan Fund.
        Passed Senate 30 Yea, 1 Nay, 4 Not Voting
        Passed House 71 Yeas, 10 Nays, 18 Not Voting, 1 Present
        Passed Senate Amended 32 Yeas, 1 Not Voting, 2 Excused

        SB1100 (Act 1429), To Amend Provisions of Arkansas Law Concerning the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program, School Improvement, and Academic Distress.
        Passed Senate 33 Yeas, 2 Excused
        Passed House 89 Yeas, 11 Not Voting

        Supported, Failed in House

        SB587, To Align Annual School Elections with General Elections; To Amend Other Provisions of Law Concerning Boards of Directors of School Districts.
        Failed Senate 17 Yeas, 13 Nays, 5 Not Voting
        Expunged
        Passed Senate 26 Yeas, 8 Nays, 1 Not Voting
        Failed House 32 Yeas, 42 Nays, 3 Present, 23 Not Voting

        Supported/Watched

        SB811, To Amend State Categorical Funding for the Education of Economically Disadvantaged Students; And to Declare an Emergency.

        10 SB740, To Provide K-12 Scholarships to Economically Disadvantaged Students by Providing a Tax Credit for Contributions to Nonprofit Scholarship-Funding Organizations; and to Declare an Emergency.

        11 HB2260, To Establish the Special Needs Scholarship Program and to Declare an Emergency.

        12 HB1863, Arkansas Teacher Preparation Quality Act.

        13 HB1896 (Act 1479), An Act Concerning Public Schools, Institutions of Higher Education, and Remediation; To Require the Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education to Jointly Study and Report on Remediation Issues; and for Other Purposes.
        Passed House 90 Yeas, 10 Not Voting
        Passed Senate 34 Yeas, 1 Excused

        Supported, Failed in Committee

        HB1897, To Establish the Parental Choice Scholarship Program.
        Failed in House Committee on Education

        SB915, The Postsecondary Education and Economic Development Act of 2013; The Dream Act.
        Failed in Senate Committee on Education

        Supported, Not Run in Committee

        HB1864, Concerning Educator Membership in Labor Organizations; Teachers' Right to Work.



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