Arkansas Education

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.
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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

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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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Universities In Arkansas
3:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

UALR Makes Comments On ASU Requiring Incoming Freshmen To Have iPads

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This fall, incoming freshmen at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will be required to have iPads for their classes.

It becomes the first public university in the state to make such a requirement.

Officials at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have done a similar experiment on students in Education programs, but haven’t considered on making this a requirements for all students.

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Beebe On Immigration
6:02 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Arkansas Governor Doesn't Oppose In-state Tuition Bill For Immigrants

Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas.

An Arkansas legislative panel could soon weigh in on a plan to extend less expensive in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the U.S. illegally as children. And the measure may now have a better chance of passing. 

A spokesman for Democratic Governor Mike Beebe says the governor's not opposed to the proposal, despite concerns about it violating federal law. That marks a change for Beebe, who issued a legal opinion as the state's top attorney that helped kill a similar proposal in 2005. Beebe had said the measure violated a 1996 federal law.

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Highway Funding
3:41 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Arkansas Highway Funding Bill Voted Down In Committee

A bill that would have directed a portion of state revenue from certain sales taxes to the Highway and Transportation Department failed to pass a house committee Thursday, though its sponsor says it could get another try in committee.

Representative Jonathan Barnett, a Republican from Siloam Springs, sponsored HB 1418 and says if he does bring it back up, it will have to compete with other bills cutting or reallocating state funding.

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School Choice
9:21 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Arkansas House Panel To Vote On School Choice Bill

Arkansas House lawmakers are weighing a proposal to rewrite Arkansas' school choice law that was struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge last year.

The House Education Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal that would allow students to transfer to a school in a neighboring district for a variety of reasons. One of the rationales could be promoting greater racial integration in the receiving school.

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