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10:49 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Getting The Word Out About Desegregation Settlement Before Hearing

Parties involved in the long-running desegregation lawsuit – who have agreed to a settlement – are now working to get the word out and give the public a chance to weigh in. It comes in advance of next month’s “fairness hearing,” where federal U.S. District Judge Price Marshall will listen to any objections.

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Local & Regional News
12:14 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

School Desegregation Settlement Gets Preliminary Approval

Little Rock School District attorney Chris Heller speaking with reporters outside the federal courthouse.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A federal judge has given preliminary approval for a settlement to resolve the long-running desegregation case involving central Arkansas school districts.

During Friday’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Price Marshall questioned representatives of all parties involved, then called it a “fair, reasonable and adequate” proposal.

“It shows hard bargaining with no hallmarks of inside dealing,” Marshall said as he granted the approval.

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Public Education
7:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Little Rock School District Presents Plans For 'High Ability' Academy

Officials from the Little Rock School District presented plans for a new '"High Ability" Academy at Geyer Springs Elementary School on Tuesday.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

This week the Little Rock School District has been presenting plans for “High Ability" and a "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy for middle and elementary students.

The plans would revamp the Geyer Springs Elementary and Forrest Heights Middle schools and allow gifted students from throughout the district to apply. Though plans have not yet been finalized, district officials have been answering questions from teachers and parents whose children may be affected by the changes.

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Local & Regional News
12:31 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Study: Arkansas Provides Parents And Teachers Better Access To Data

Credit AP

A new report by the Data Quality Campaign, or DQC, highlights the work done in Arkansas to improve student achievement through the use of educational data.

The DQC is a nonpartisan national advocacy group and its recent state-by-state analysis offers new details about the way Arkansas elected officials, teachers, and school administrators have instituted data-sharing policies that aid student performance in early childhood education, K – 12, and postsecondary schools. Aimee Guidera oversees the work of the DQC.

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Local & Regional News
6:07 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss School Employees, Guns

Arkansas lawmakers are set to talk about certifying public school employees to carry guns.

Tuesday's joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in Little Rock comes after a state board voted in September to allow more than a dozen school districts to continue using teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards.

Central Arkansas Schools
6:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Desegregation Agreement Reached, Joshua Intervenors On Board

From left: Little Rock School Board Members Tara Shephard, Jody Carreiro, Norma Jean Johnson, Greg Adams and C.E. McAdoo discuss the agenda before the start of the meeting
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Three Pulaski County School Districts, the state of Arkansas, a group called the Knight Intervenors and a group representing black families have agreed to settle a decades-long lawsuit.

The settlement would have the state send about 65 million dollars a year to the three districts for four more years among other provisions. The fate of the deal hinged on a Little Rock School Board meeting on Monday.

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Local & Regional News
6:35 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Deal To End Desegregation Payments Nearly Complete Despite Reservations

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel testifies before the Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday heard details of the agreement reached between the state and central Arkansas school districts to end desegregation payments and approved the terms of the proposed settlement.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel spoke to lawmakers, calling it a “historic milestone,” and praising efforts by the legal counsels of all school districts involved.

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Local & Regional News
3:14 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Arkansas School Districts Reach Desegregation Pact

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel explains settlement proposal to a legislative committee.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

While it’s far from a done deal, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the state and three Pulaski County school districts have reached an agreement that would end years of special payments to help desegregate schools.

McDaniel unveiled the new proposal during a legislative subcommittee meeting Thursday, which school boards and the Legislative Council would have to agree to.

“It is a very fair deal for all concerned and in my opinion, that includes Joshua. I hope that they will consent to being a party to it,” McDaniel told reporters after the hearing.

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Local & Regional News
5:20 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Nine Arkansas Schools Awarded Top Honor In Rankings

Nine Arkansas schools have been singled out for high honors in a state Education Department accountability report.

Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell announced Wednesday that the schools earned "exemplary" status.

The report was issued Tuesday, but the department was still working to determine which schools deserved the exemplary designation.

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Local & Regional News
5:26 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Arkansas Schools Annual Accountability Report

Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education
Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

137 Arkansas Public Schools met their Annual Measurable Objectives this year, as announced by the Arkansas Department of Education Tuesday. Last year, 341 schools reached the second-best category of achieving, while this year the number fell to 137.

The results for the “exemplary category," which is top performing schools, will be released Wednesday. Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell says it is important to continue working to lessen the achievement gap.

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