Arkansas Education en 2 East Arkansas Schools Receive Federal Funds <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Two schools in eastern Arkansas have received a combined $6 million in federal School Improvement Grant funds.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arkansas Department of Education announced Monday that Wonder Junior High School in West Memphis will receive $3.7 million over three years and Forrest City Junior High School will receive $2.4 million over two years.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:04:42 +0000 Associated Press 21770 at Arkansas Education Board Takes Over Lee County Schools <p>The Arkansas Education Board has agreed to take over the Lee County School District, which has been cited for having academic and financial problems.</p><p>The board voted on Thursday to remove the district's school board after a report by a three-person committee that studied academic performance issues at the district.</p><p>Lee County school officials have come under criticism for low student achievement levels, failure to dismiss underperforming faculty and class scheduling management that jeopardizes student graduation.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:50:20 +0000 Associated Press 21656 at Handgun Discovered At Maumelle High School Prompting Lock Down <p>Authorities say Maumelle High School briefly went on lockdown after a handgun was discovered in a classroom.</p><p>Pulaski County Special School District spokeswoman Deb Roush says the school went on lockdown at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday after someone saw a student with a gun.</p><p>Roush says Maumelle police responded quickly, and an 18-year-old student was taken into custody.</p><p>Maumelle police say officers discovered a .25-caliber handgun on a bookshelf in a classroom. No one was injured, and police say the threat is over.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:20:03 +0000 Associated Press 21491 at Judge Addresses Issues In Central Arkansas Desegregation Case <p>A federal judge says a panel that reviews magnet school programs for three central Arkansas school districts involved in a long-running desegregation battle will cease to exist this summer.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Price Marshall also said at a hearing Friday that he may dissolve the Office of Desegregation Monitoring.</p><p>The office has reviewed the racial balance of the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts for decades. Its work would then be done by a court-appointed expert.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:30:37 +0000 Associated Press 21321 at Ex-Senator Gilbert Baker Quits UCA Post <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker has quit his job at the University of Central Arkansas.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The college said Wednesday that Baker had left his $132,000-job as the president's executive assistant. A reason wasn't given.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:29:36 +0000 Associated Press 21256 at Arkansas Education Board To Review Snow Day Waivers <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Arkansas Board of Education is set to review requests by school districts across the state to reduce their academic years after winter storms that forced some students to miss almost a month's worth of&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">classes.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:15:39 +0000 Associated Press 20578 at Arkansas Education Board To Review Snow Day Waivers Jeff Bridges, Arkansas Governor Plan Panel Discussion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Actor Jeff Bridges is scheduled to visit Little Rock to promote an effort aimed at reducing childhood hunger.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The No Kid Hungry campaign is trying to increase participation in programs that provide meals for children at their schools. The campaign is a part of the national, non-profit group Share Our Strength.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:42:10 +0000 Associated Press 20391 at Jeff Bridges, Arkansas Governor Plan Panel Discussion Pulaski Tech Seeks Millage Increase <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">Pulaski County voters will get to decide whether to allow a 1.9-mill property tax increase in a special election to provide additional funding for Pulaski Technical College. The two year college is seeking to create a tax district to generate approximately 11 million dollars in annual revenue. </font></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:14:02 +0000 Chris Hickey 20113 at Land Donated For Medical School Near Fort Smith <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority has reclassified 200 acres of land donated to a planned medical school near Fort Smith.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The action changes permitted use of the land from mixed commercial and residential to institutional and clears the way for building permits.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:15:36 +0000 Associated Press 20057 at Trial To Start For Ex-UCA Official In Test Thefts Case <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The trial of a former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff charged in the theft of tests is scheduled to start.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The trial for Jack </span>Gillean<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is to begin with opening statements Monday in Van Buren County Circuit Court in Clinton after being moved there from Faulkner County because of pretrial publicity. A jury of seven men and five women plus two alternates was seated last week.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:11:45 +0000 Associated Press 20056 at