Arkansas Education

Local & Regional News
12:21 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Video: Little Rock Central High's Memory Project Brings History To Life

Thelma Mothershed-Wair, one of the Little Rock Nine, and her niece, Amaree Austin

Students at Little Rock’s Central High are embracing the school’s rich history and making it their own. What started out as a freshman civics assignment is now the Memory Project, an ongoing oral history compilation about social and human rights issues.

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Children Read
2:56 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Read Across America Day And Dr. Seuss' Birthday In Central Arkansas

Credit CALS.org

In honor of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, some special events are being held in central Arkansas this weekend.

Starting Friday until next Wednesday, there will be free educational events for kids.

The National Education Association and Delta Dental of Arkansas are part of this celebration to reach children.

Greg Johnson with the NEA says children must be encouraged to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and read for 20 minutes, which totals 24 minutes focused on developing good oral and reading skills.

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Education
9:01 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Tweak Goes To Governor

Sen. Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home) said lawmakers need to adjust scholarship awards from the Arkansas Lottery for the program to stay afloat.
Nathan Vandiver KUAR

Legislation to reduce the scholarship amount paid to students from the Arkansas Lottery is now going to the Governor for a signature.

The bill would set scholarships in tiers. Freshmen would receive $2,000, which would increase by $1,000 each year until senior year, topping out at $5,000.

The program currently pays $4,500 per year to four-year college students.

Two-year college students would be eligible for $2,000 per year, down from $2,250.

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National Museum Open In Arkansas
4:13 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

U.S. Marshals Museum To Be Open In Arkansas Will Cost $50 Million

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Organizers of a planned U.S. Marshals Museum in western Arkansas are getting a big boost with a big donation.

The project in Fort Smith will cost $50 million, which covers the building, exhibits, endowments, and the first year’s operation cost.

Jessica Hayes, the museum Vice President, says its goal is to honor the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency in the country.

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Emotional Health
10:30 am
Fri February 15, 2013

New Arkansas Program Tries To Improve Emotional Health

While some Arkansans are taking the necessary precautions to protect their physical health through diet and exercise, many people still aren’t managing their emotional wellbeing.

Wally Goddard is a professor of Family Life for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. After reviewing research, Goddard started a new curriculum that helps people build better relationships and it’s being distributed statewide through the Cooperative Extension Service.

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Local & Regional News
2:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Former Lt. Gov. Halter Speaks Out Against Proposed Lottery Scholarship Changes

Former Lt. Governor Bill Halter

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter disagrees with the House and Rules Committee’s bill to decrease the amount of lottery funded scholarships awarded to college students across Arkansas.

He says over 100,000 students have already benefited from the $4,500 awarded to them each year, with freshman enrollment of Arkansas students increasing significantly since instating the scholarship program. 

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Tech Park
11:13 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Little Rock Tech Park Board Continues Search For Site

The Little Rock Tech Park Board heard three proposals Wednesday that didn't produce any favorites.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

  The Little Rock Tech Park Authority Board is still looking at three potential tech park sites as relatively equal rivals following their meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The Tech Park Authority Board’s meeting yielded no clear favorites from three sites in its afternoon meeting.  Board Chair Mary Good attributed part of the indecision to an engineer’s report that didn’t find any site particularly stronger than the others.

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Education
10:18 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Bill To Let Districts Count Home Schooled Dies In House Committee

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Small school districts teetering on the edge of 350 students won’t be able to count home schoolers as a way to avoid school district consolidation.
 

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Jeb Bush Coming To Little Rock
12:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush To Come To Arkansas

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
Credit politico.com

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considered a possible candidate for President in 2016, is the headliner of the School Choice reform rally and summit on Tuesday.

In conjunction with National School Choice Week, activists are pushing for a policy reform on the state’s education system.

Laurie Lee is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Reform Alliance said Arkansas can learn from Florida’s education system which Jeb Bush implemented.

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Local & Regional News
12:19 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Session To Train Arkansans To Respond To Mass Shootings

Ed Monk, co-owner of Last Resort Firearms Training, speaks to a group Tuesday night. Photo: Maggie Carroll

The owner of a central Arkansas gun range is hoping to educate people on how to respond if they find themselves in a mass shooting.

Retired Army Lt. Colonel and former high school teacher Ed Monk hosted the free presentation.

Speaking to a small group of concerned citizens, including those who own guns and those who don't, he spoke about people needing to prepare themselves in the event of a shooting in a place like a school or church.

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