Little Rock Central High School students protest LEARNS Act signed into law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas LEARNS Act was officially signed into law by Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday.

The education reform package has been in headlines across the country for a few months. Governor Sanders said it will now put the boldest, most conservative education reforms in the country into place in Arkansas schools.

Just hours after the bill was signed into law, Central High School students protested on the State Capitol steps Wednesday, hoping to have a voice when it comes to the new law.

The students also wrote a letter to the governor about their opposition to her signing this into law and delivered it to her office before the protest, leaving it with her receptionist. Students said it got more than 1,000 signatures.

“I think with the fact that this is going to affect the children our voices need to be heard,” student Blanche Finzer said.

The students leading the protest were the same ones who came to the Senate Education Committee meeting Monday to speak against the bill.

“We were continuously shut down,” Finzer said.

Public comments were limited to just the amendments to the bill since that was the new element being voted on by members. Students at the protest said they were prepared to speak even on those amendments, but still felt dismissed and cut off.

Ethan Walker was another student who hoped to speak before the committee Monday. He said he felt disrespected as a student and member of the community when his speech was cut off.

“It felt like our voices didn’t really matter,” Walker said.

Walker and Finzer both said they support parts of this new law like the raises for

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