Arkansas Education

Local & Regional News
10:40 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Beebe Says He'll Call Special Session On Teacher Insurance Fix

File photo of Gov. Mike Beebe.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Members of the Arkansas Legislature are expected to convene for a special session Thursday afternoon to address health insurance increases for the state’s public school employees. 

Governor Mike Beebe will issue an official call for the special session later Wednesday. 

A 50 percent hike in insurance premiums for public school employees was set to take effect January 1, if lawmakers were unable to rally enough votes in support of a short term fix that would cap premium increases at 10 percent.

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Local & Regional News
6:28 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss School Funding Issues

Arkansas Supreme Court Building

Arkansas lawmakers are set to discuss a state Supreme Court ruling that revives a lawsuit challenging the way the state funds education. 

The House and Senate Education committees planned to meet jointly Tuesday to discuss school funding issues such as transportation and school facilities. 

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and Senior Assistant Attorney General Scott Richardson were scheduled to discuss pending litigation that could affect educational adequacy.

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Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Counting Votes On Teacher Insurance

Arkansas legislative leaders are counting votes to see if there's enough support for a package of bills that could be considered in a special session aimed at preventing teacher insurance rate hikes that are expected to hit thousands of teachers next year.

The chairmen of the House and Senate Education committees said Monday they hope to let Gov. Mike Beebe know by Tuesday whether there's enough support to pass the measures.

Beebe has said he won't call a special session unless there's consensus on the proposals.

Local & Regional News
12:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Arkansas Teachers Help Students Meet Economics Standards With Support From The Federal Reserve

High school students review class assignment.
Credit Roy Kaltschmidt / Flickr

Arkansas high school students are now expected to pass a semester-long course in economics. The new state mandate is a requirement for graduation. 

In order to help students meet course standards, a coalition of groups created an economics curriculum and training sessions for teachers in the state.

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Local & Regional News
9:27 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Court Partially Revives Arkansas School-Funding Case

The Arkansas Supreme Court has revived part of a lawsuit challenging the way the state funds its public schools.

On Thursday, justices reversed part of a Pulaski County judge's decision dismissing a lawsuit by the Deer/Mount Judea School District that claims the state has not lived up to the reforms ending the long-running Lake View school funding suit.

The court ruled that Deer/Mount Judea raised new issues that have emerged since the Lake View case ended in 2007.

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Local & Regional News
10:39 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Delay Sought In Trial For UCA Ex-Administrator

The University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway.

Prosecutors are asking a judge to delay the upcoming trial for a former University of Central Arkansas administrator accused of commercial burglary. 

Jack Gillean faces an Oct. 28 trial in Van Buren County on the charges.

A pre-trial hearing was to be held Friday, but prosecutors are seeking a delay, saying they haven't received subpoenaed phone records in the case.

Gillean was chief of staff at UCA until his arrest last year. Prosecutors accuse him of giving a master key to a student who allegedly broke into professors' offices to steal test answers.

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Local & Regional News
4:26 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Arkansas Students Improve Performance On AP Tests

School exams in progress.
Credit AP

Education officials in Arkansas say the number of students in the state taking Advanced Placement tests has increased by 6.6 percent in 2013.

According to the College Board, the nonprofit entity that provides SAT and AP exams, Arkansas’s overall scores on AP tests have also improved with an 8.6 percent increase in the number of exams with a score of 3 or higher out of a possible 5.

Mary Kathryn Stein oversees AP programs for the state’s Education Department.

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Local & Regional News
10:09 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Grant Supports Campus-based Childcare In Arkansas

An Arkansas community college is receiving a federal grant to establish or fund campus-based childcare services for lower-income parents involved in higher education.

Rich Mountain Community College in Mena will receive $20,064 for the program from the U.S. Department of Education.

The federal agency is giving nearly $9.2 million to similar campuses across the country for the program.

Higher Education
7:04 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

ASU Board Of Trustees Approves $27.7M Bond Issue

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has approved a $27.7 million bond issue to finance the completion of a humanities and social sciences building and construction of a multipurpose student activities center on the Jonesboro campus.

The school says the board approved the measure on Friday.

School officials say the 120,000-square-foot Humanities and Social Sciences Building is expected to be finished by fall 2015. It will be the new home of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and other academic programs.

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Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Fundamentals Of Adult Literacy In Arkansas: Part Two

Cristina Randolph is an adult learner in the Literacy Action program.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Recent estimates by the U.S. Department Education show more than 298,000 Arkansans lack basic reading skills.

Many adults seek out help from tutors because they never learned how to read in grade school. However, a growing number of adults are participating in literacy programs for a different reason. 

“What I’m trying to do is have a normal life and do things I like to do,” said Cristina Randolph, while sitting in a study room at the Main Library in downtown Little Rock.

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