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Economics Arkansas Foundation

The Foundation was established as a 501 (c) 3 organization in May 2016. The purpose of the Foundation is to assist, promote and facilitate Economics Arkansas in the attainment of its goals and objectives in advancing exposure to economic and financial education for primary and secondary level students, and to support and expand its operation.


“The American economy is the 8th wonder of the world, and the 9th is the economic ignorance of the American people.”
Arthur Levitt, former SEC chairman


Since 1962, Economics Arkansas has been advocating for an economically and financially literate state. Dr. Arch Ford, Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner, formed the Arkansas Council on Economic Education (Economics Arkansas), and assigned Dr. Bessie B. Moore to develop the program. The initial 69 members appointed to the Council represented business, industry, agriculture, labor, and education, including such influential leaders such as Governor Winthrop Rockefeller, Congressman Wilbur D. Mills, Charles H. Murphy, Jr., W.R. Stephens, B. Finley Vinson, Kenneth Pat Wilson, and many others. Both Dr. Ford and Dr. Moore created a lasting legacy as Economics Arkansas is referred to as “the gold standard in economic education,” according to a 2015 survey conducted by Gardner & Associates.


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"Economic illiteracy is the greatest threat to the private enterprise system in America."
Dr. Arch Ford, long-time commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education, Founder of the Arkansas Council on Economic Education