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Griffin Praises Trump Administration’s Bold New School Choice Plan

March 06, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement in support of the Trump Administration’s proposed Education Freedom Scholarships:

"I applaud President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for their bold, transformational plan to improve education through choice. The proposed Education Freedom Scholarships will give parents the freedom to choose the best educational options to meet the individual learning needs of their children without impacting existing federal education funding.  Every child, regardless of their ZIP code, deserves a world-class education, and this plan moves us one step closer to that goal. This plan is a game changer for our kids, and Arkansas should take full advantage of this opportunity and implement a similar program now."

About Educational Freedom Scholarships

The Educational Freedom Scholarships would allow for up to $5 billion in locally controlled scholarship programs at the state level to empower students and parents to choose the educational options that best fit their individual learning needs. The scholarships will be funded through voluntary taxpayer contributions to state-identified Scholarship Granting Organizations, and taxpayers who contribute to the scholarships will receive a non-refundable, dollar-for-dollar federal tax credit. Participation in the program will be optional for states, and each state will determine how to select eligible students, education providers, and allowable education expenses. For more information, visit www.ed.gov/freedom.

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

He was elected lieutenant governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. 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. Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, for over 22 years and currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was recently selected for promotion to colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq. He is currently serving as a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. 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 three children.

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