Arkansas Education

State Scholarship Cuts
7:23 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Arkansas Higher Ed To Cut $5 Million From Scholarship Fund

Credit / Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway says expected cuts to state scholarship programs will affect students applying for those awards for this coming school year and beyond.

He says during the recent legislative session the Department didn’t get a requested additional $7 million to shore up estimated shortfalls, but did get $2 million to save the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships. That scholarship goes to 300 high-achieving students.

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Education Policy
7:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Changes Coming For Arkansas Charter School Approval, School Choice

Credit Arkansas Department of Education /

The Arkansas General Assembly this session enacted legislation on both public charter school authorization and inter-public school transfers. Phyllis Stewart, Arkansas Department of Education Chief of Staff, explains how both measures will work to expand school choice options.

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Local & Regional News
1:27 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Arkansas Schools Are Voting Against Allowing Firearms

Another school has decided to opt out of the state law allowing staff and faculty to carry firearms on college campuses.

Northwest Arkansas Community College’s board of trustees voted against allowing guns after reviewing student and faculty surveys.

Steven Hinds, director of public relations for the college, says students were surveyed about the issue.

"When the student government looked at the issue, deciding whether or not they were going to sign the resolution…they voted unanimously in favor of opting out of Act 226," said Hinds. 

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Local & Regional News
6:20 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Helena, Pulaski Co. Districts Continue In Distress

The Helena-West Helena and Pulaski County school districts are to continue under state control.

The state Education Board approved separate measures on Monday to keep the districts under the label of fiscal distress.

The board also approved appointment by Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell of community advisory boards for each of the districts.

Both districts were credited with making progress but the Education Department said each has remaining issues that need to be resolved.

The districts will remain under state control for the 2013-2014 school year.

Arkansas Education
4:53 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Arkansas Ed. Board Approves Voluntary Bradley Annexation

The Arkansas Education Board has agreed to allow the Bradley School District in southwest Arkansas to merge with the adjacent Emerson-Taylor School District.

The Bradley School Board sought the change because it is hovering near the 350-student minimum that the state requires districts maintain to continue operating independently.

Bradley Superintendent Gammye Moore said merging with the Emerson-Taylor School District would bring no major changes, such as closed schools.

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UA Tuition
3:29 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

UA Board Of Trustees To Vote On Tuition Increases

North Tower of Old Main on the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville.
Credit Clinton Steeds /

A University of Arkansas Board of Trustees committee is meeting this week to review proposed tuition and fee increases at its campuses across the state.

The Fiscal Affairs Committee meeting begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Little Rock.

Institutions that have proposed tuition and fee increases exceeding 3.5 percent have been asked to appear. They include the University of Arkansas-Little Rock; UA-Fort Smith; UA-Monticello; and UA-Pine Bluff. The proposed increases range from 4.9 percent at UALR and UAPB and 5.4 percent at UAM to 10 percent at UAFS.

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High Achieving Grad
5:19 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

18-year-old To Graduate UA With Triple Major

Raymond Walter will bring home a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Arkansas this weekend with a triple major in mathematics, physics and economics - and he's only 18.

Walter graduated from Mountain Home High School when he was 14. He and his father, Hal, relocated to Fayetteville so Raymond could begin coursework at UA.

Hal serves as Raymond's caregiver because Raymond has a severe form of muscular dystrophy that requires him to use a motorized wheelchair.

Pre-K Program
4:02 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Report: Pre-K Program Shrinks Academic Gap

Cute Pre-K students wanting to be in a picture
Kezia Nanda

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.

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Shorter College
6:38 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Shorter College In North Little Rock Gets First Official Graduate In 15 Years

One of the main buildings on the campus of Shorter College in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Over the next few weeks, colleges and universities across Arkansas will host Commencement ceremonies to celebrate the academic achievements of graduates. This Saturday, one private two-year college in North Little Rock will have its first official graduate in nearly 15 years.

Wilhelm Cedric Hawkins has a long history with Shorter College.

“My grandmother went to school here, my mother went to school here, and also my father so I figure that I could follow the family tradition,” said Hawkins, as he walks through halls of the main building on campus.

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Local & Regional News
6:21 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Rahm Emanuel To Address Clinton School Grads

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will give the commencement address at Saturday's graduation ceremonies for the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

The commencement ceremonies are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Emanuel was elected Chicago's mayor in February 2011 and before that, he served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff. He also served in former President Bill Clinton's administration from 1993 to 1998. Emanuel lived and worked in Little Rock during Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.

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