Arkansas Education

Local & Regional News
2:25 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta To Celebrate Latino Culture

The Clinton Presidential Center Park will be the site of the 15th  annual Cinco De May Fiesta Saturday, celebrating Latino culture with activities planned to attract residents from around the state.

Michel Leiderman, an organizer for the event, says in addition to appearances by local and state officials, attendees can look forward to many different activites.

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Cultural Event
4:00 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Toad Suck Daze Opens This Weekend; Proceeds Go Toward College Scholarships And Pre-K Program

Credit toadsuck.org

The annual Toad Suck Daze festival will be open on Friday in Central Arkansas.

Organizers say each year there are over 160,000 people attending the event in Conway.

Event Director, Mary Margaret Satterfield, said the festival is fun and beneficial.

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Girl Rising Film Screening
7:22 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Women’s Foundation, UCA Start Effort To Improve Education Rates For Arkansas Women And Girls

Girl Rising Documentary

Organizers say a film screening Wednesday on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock could be the start of an initiative to empower women in the state through educational opportunities. 

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas partnered with officials from the University of Central Arkansas and UALR to show a documentary titled “Girl Rising.”

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Local & Regional News
5:23 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Little Rock School Officials Discuss Ways To End Bullying

Little Rock Schools

The Little Rock School District's advisory committee to its anti-bullying effort is to meet to discuss how to reduce student harassment. 

The panel has scheduled a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the district administration building at 810 West Markham.

Members of the committee include parents, students, district staff and other community members. The panel is conducting studies, identifying problems and developing recommendations on solutions.

The committee meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.  

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Arkansas Higher Ed Department Notifies Students Of Awards

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

The Arkansas Higher Education Department has notified 10,000 high school students that they have been awarded Academic Challenge Scholarships. The deadline for students to apply for the award is June 1.

Students qualifying for the scholarships this year will notice that the awards are lower than in past years. For the past two years, university students got $4,500 per year and community college students got $2,250.

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Arkansas College Graduation Rate Rises To 40.8 Percent

Shane Broadway

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is reporting an increase in the state's six-year college graduation rate.

The department says 40.8 percent of students who entered college in 2006 had received a degree six years later - an increase from 39.5 percent last year and up from 37 percent five years ago. Still - more improvement is needed to meet Gov. Mike Beebe's stated goal of doubling the number of Arkansans with a degree by 2025. 

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Local & Regional News
9:52 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Names Omitted From Hallowed Senior Walk At UA

More than 300 names from the class of 2012 will have to be added to the University of Arkansas' Senior Walk.

The famed Senior Walk at the University of Arkansas that contains names of graduates dating back almost 140 is incomplete and will have to be redone.

More than 30 graduates in the class of 2012 who had signed up to be included among the engraved names on the campus sidewalk the university advertises worldwide were inadvertently left off.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the oversight is attributed to the conversion from paper graduation applications to online submissions.

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Local & Regional News
9:34 am
Thu April 25, 2013

$130 Million Awarded To 92 Arkansas School Districts

More than $130 million has been awarded to 92 school districts for construction projects next year.

The projects were approved Wednesday by the Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation.  

The largest single project was granted to the Bentonville School District, which received more than $15 million for the possible construction of a high school.  

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Electric Vehicle
4:04 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Kids As Young As 12 Can Build Next Generation Electric Cars

Students from Mabelvale Magnet Middle School
Credit Kezia Nanda

About a hundred students and teachers from around the state gathered on Friday in Little Rock for an Electric Vehicle Rally.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was at the competition. 

Through the project, kids as young as 12 years old know a lot about engineering and technology. 

Caleb Woodruff said, “I feel good because Mr. Gullett taught us a lot of things in class and he’s teaching us more about go karts.”

“(I’m) a little nervous because we’re in the quiz bowl and it’s difficult to ask a lot of questions,” said Alejandro Salas.

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Electric Cars
7:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Students Assembling Next Generation Of Electric Cars

Jacob Alexander, Aaron Morris, Linda Powell, and Jonathan Nigus
Credit Kezia Nanda

The power utility Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas is hosting its annual Electric Vehicle Rally on Friday.

Middle school, high school and college students around Arkansas are participating.

It’s a competition that’s fun and academic.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda visited Cabot High School in central Arkansas as they prepared for the competition.

Imagine not having to fill up your gas tank regularly and the money you’d save. Imagine having a car that’s electric. 

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