Arkansas Education

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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Immigrant Education Bill
5:50 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Arkansas Lawmaker To Change In-state Tuition Bill For Immigrants

State Senator Joyce Elliott of Little Rock

An Arkansas lawmaker says she's changing her proposal that would have extended cheaper in-state tuition rates to some immigrants who came to the United States illegally. 

Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott has struggled to find support for the bill and said Tuesday that she'll amend it to leave it up to each institution to determine its criteria for extending in-state tuition.

The change will require the state Higher Education Coordinating Board to set up the rules for the in-state rates, and would require them to be consistent with state and federal law.

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Tuition Rates For Immigrants
6:21 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Arkansas Chamber Backs In-state Tuition Proposal

Arkansas Capitol

The state's largest business lobbying organization is joining advocates in urging Arkansas lawmakers to approve extending cheaper in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the country illegally.

The head of the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas on Wednesday announced his group is backing the proposal by Democratic Senator Joyce Elliott to grant in-state tuition rates anyone who has attended an Arkansas high school for at least three years and has an Arkansas high school diploma or general education diploma in the state.

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School Safety
1:16 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Hutchinson And NRA Task Force Recommend School Safety Measures

Asa Hutchinson unveils school safety recommendations in Washington, DC.
Credit Shawn Thew

Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson outlined plans to protect schools from violence Tuesday, as part of a national “School Shield” program backed by the National Rifle Association.

Hutchinson, a GOP candidate for Governor in 2014, presented eight recommendations from the 225-page report that included placing trained armed guards in schools. He says there is a two-tier system of security in the nation’s schools.  

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UAMS Area Health Education Centers
6:05 am
Tue April 2, 2013

UAMS Renames Local Health Centers Across Arkansas

The UAMS campus in Little Rock.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has renamed its eight Area Health Education Centers across the state. The centers known as AHECs provide health education programs and some also have primary care clinics. 

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Education News
10:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas Gets High Marks on Kindergarten Policy Study

Credit Flickr.com

A new study by the non-profit Education Commission of the States on state kindergarten policies finds Arkansas is ahead of the game in many areas.

The kindergarten report's findings highlight the significant diversity that exists in state kindergarten policies across states.

Two areas that were studied were whether states must offer full-day kindergarten and whether children must attend kindergarten.

Emily Workman is the study’s author.

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ASU Financial Security Breach
6:29 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas State University Employees Affected In Tax Return Scheme

Arkansas State University Student Union

Arkansas State University says more than 200 university employees have been affected by tax fraud this year - but the school hasn't yet identified how the employees' personal information was obtained.

Arkansas State first said in February that fraudulent tax returns had been filed on behalf of 27 university employees.

At a meeting of the Faculty Senate last week, ASU human resources employees said that number has grown to 215 at the Jonesboro campus. Arkansas State says it will pay for a credit monitoring system for each identity theft victim for at least a year.

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