click to enlarge LOSER: Sen. Breanne Davis. After extended debate, the House Education Committee today defeated Sen. Breanne DavisSB 452 to prevent using public money on education lobbying associations.

Short version, Davis (R-Russellville) particularly doesn’t like money that goes from school districts to pay dues to the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators and the Arkansas School Boards Association, powerful lobby groups at the Capitol. Why spend public money, she said, when “two-thirds” of Arkansas students “can’t read.” She got some pushback on that assertion.

The lobby groups have been successful on a number of occasions this session in curbing legislation. Davis sees them as foes of legislation good for children. Others see them as champions. The organizations see themselves more as advocates, than lobbyists,

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