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Griffin Applauds Education Board’s Decision to Expand Charter Schools, Clear Way for More Choice

April 01, 2016

Says, ‘charter schools empower parents by expanding options and creating competition’

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin issued the following statement after the State Board of Education approved the expansion of charter schools in Arkansas:

“Last night, the State Board of Education voted to expand charter schools and clear the way for greater parental choice in Little Rock. I applaud the Board’s decision to approve the expansion of LISA Academy and eStem Public Charter School.

“Parents deserve a choice in their child’s education, and charter schools empower parents by expanding options and creating competition. Competition in education is a good thing. Choice leads to competition. Competition leads to innovation. Innovation leads to excellence.”

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014, and completed his second term 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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