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Griffin Applauds Blytheville’s Move Toward Public School Choice

December 17, 2015

Says, ‘step in the right direction’

LITTLE ROCK –Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after the superintendent of Blytheville public schools wrote a letter to the Arkansas Department of Education requesting the District’s participation in public school choice:

“My eyes lit up with excitement this morning when I read Blytheville Public School Superintendent Richard Atwill’s letter to the Arkansas Department of Education regarding the Blytheville School District’s willingness and desire to participate in public school choice. I recently visited with Blytheville parents and toured Blytheville public schools with Superintendent Atwill, and I believe Superintendent Atwill’s request is a step in the right direction.”

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 19 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

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