Arkansas Education http://ualrpublicradio.org en Sandy Hook And Shooting Simulators Factor In School Safety Conference http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/sandy-hook-and-shooting-simulators-factor-school-safety-conference <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>10th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference is underway in North Little Rock presenting law enforcement and education officials with information to improve safety. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The conference had a few hands-on tools including a firearms training system allowing participants to virtually go through a school shooting as a police officer. Charles Ellis with Camden’s Law Enforcement Training Academy walked officers through the training.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:59:19 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26939 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Sandy Hook And Shooting Simulators Factor In School Safety Conference Media Blitz For Access To State Broadband Network Ends http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/media-blitz-access-state-broadband-network-ends <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Advocates of increasing technology use in education are continuing to push for opening up the state’s broadband network to K-12 public schools.</span></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:00:29 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26855 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Media Blitz For Access To State Broadband Network Ends Alternative Diploma Geared Toward Trades Aims To Do More Than GED http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/alternative-diploma-geared-toward-trades-aims-do-more-ged <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">El Dorado school officials are making the case for a pilot program offering alternative high school diploma options. District officials presented their plan for individualized, trade-focused diploma options to a joint meeting of the Education Committees Monday. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">El Dorado Superintendent Jim Tucker said an alternative to the GED – that keeps kids in school – is needed. </span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:22:27 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26469 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Alternative Diploma Geared Toward Trades Aims To Do More Than GED New Arkansas Tech President Takes Office http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/new-arkansas-tech-president-takes-office <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Arkansas Tech University now has a new president.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Robin Bowen took office Tuesday, becoming the </span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> president of the university in Russellville. She succeeds Robert Brown, who retired Monday after serving 21 years.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:42:12 +0000 Associated Press 25791 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas House And Senate Approves Teacher Insurance Plan http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-house-and-senate-approves-teacher-insurance-plan <p></p><p>The Arkansas House and Senate have given initially approval to legislation that would prevent large premium increases for the state's public school employees.</p><p>The chambers approved the measures Tuesday as the Legislature planned to wrap up its special session in the early hours Wednesday.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:01:21 +0000 Associated Press 25748 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas House And Senate Approves Teacher Insurance Plan Legislators Will Look To Privatize Troubled School Insurance Fund http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/legislators-will-look-privatize-troubled-school-insurance-fund <p></p><p>A co-chair of a task force on teacher health insurance says after this week’s special session, his group plans to study privatizing the troubled school benefits program.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:56:24 +0000 Roby Brock 25683 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Legislators Will Look To Privatize Troubled School Insurance Fund Author James Patterson Expands University Of Arkansas Scholarships http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/author-james-patterson-expands-university-arkansas-scholarships <p>Bestselling author James Patterson has given more money for scholarships for education students at the University of Arkansas.</p><p>The university announced Wednesday that Patterson has created an additional eight teacher-education scholarships at UA. Last year, the author established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship for eight incoming freshmen planning to major in elementary education.</p><p>The additional gift from Patterson brings the total for the upcoming year to $96,000.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:48:40 +0000 Associated Press 25436 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Lawmakers Eye Teacher Insurance Fixes http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-lawmakers-eye-teacher-insurance-fixes <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Arkansas House and Senate leaders are counting votes for two bills aimed at addressing looming insurance increases for public school employees as they see whether there's enough support for a special session on the issue.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:56:29 +0000 Associated Press 24999 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Board Votes To Hire Tony Wood As Arkansas Education Commissioner http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/board-votes-hire-tony-wood-arkansas-education-commissioner <p>The Arkansas Board of Education has voted to hire Tony Wood as the new top official overseeing the state's public schools.</p><p>The board on Thursday approved Wood as the new Education Commissioner, replacing Tom Kimbrell as the department's top official.</p><p>Gov. Mike Beebe in May recommended Wood, currently the department's deputy commissioner, as the new chief. Wood will assume his new role July 1, the same day Kimbrell is set to take his new job as the Bryant School District's superintendent.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:56:34 +0000 Associated Press 24700 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hearing Set On Pulaski County Desegregation Plan http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hearing-set-pulaski-county-desegregation-plan <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Pulaski County School District and its patrons are asking a federal judge to approve a change to its desegregation plan to accommodate a $10 million plan to improve student achievement.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday's hearing comes as the district works to become officially desegregated, as the Little Rock and North Little Rock districts already have. The three districts have received more than $1 billion in special state desegregation aid since 1989 but have reached a settlement to end the payments.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:53:02 +0000 Associated Press 24616 at http://ualrpublicradio.org