The Arkansas Department of Education and the state Department of Human Services are working together to fund a Pre-K program for less fortunate children.
As KUAR’s Kezia Nanda reports, officials said research shows that since the program started, the education gap between economically-disadvantaged and affluent children has shrunk.
The event was held at Amboy Elementary School in North Little Rock, which hosts one of the Pre-K programs supported by a state-funded program for economically-disadvantaged students, called the Arkansas Better Chance or ABC.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says a 2007 study found that Arkansas rank the highest in the number of teen abuse of prescription pain relievers.
In its effort to protect children, potential abusers, and environment, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with over 300 agencies, including the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the state Department of Health, the Sheriff's Associations, the Governor’s Office, and the Board of Pharmacy, to provide locations for public to bring unneeded and expired medications.
To honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” over 200 6th graders from Horace Mann Magnet Middle School in Little Rock participated in special programs at the Clinton Presidential Library.
King’s letter challenged white church leaders in Birmingham and people across the nation to confront and end racism. Kathleen Pate, the library’s education specialist, says students learned more about the history surrounding the letter and analyzed the meaning behind King’s words.