Arkansas Education

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3:37 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Back To School Sales Tax Holiday Taking Place This Weekend

Arkansas is hosting its annual back to school sales tax holiday this weekend.

State and local taxes won’t be charged on Saturday and Sunday for clothing that is less than $100 per item and school-related merchandise. A complete list of items and exceptions can be found here.

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4:30 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Higher Education Board Approves Plan For ASU Medical School

  The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted certification for a new medical school on the campus of Arkansas State University.

The board on Friday approved certification for the New York Institute of Technology to offer three degrees at the Jonesboro campus: a doctor of osteopathic medicine, a master of science in medical/health care simulation and a master of science in neuromusculoskeletal sciences.

The certification is contingent on the school receiving approval from a national accreditation association.

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Local & Regional News
1:59 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Sandy Hook And Shooting Simulators Factor In School Safety Conference

Active Shooter Simulator
Credit KUAR

The 10th annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference is underway in North Little Rock presenting law enforcement and education officials with information to improve safety.

The conference had a few hands-on tools including a firearms training system allowing participants to virtually go through a school shooting as a police officer. Charles Ellis with Camden’s Law Enforcement Training Academy walked officers through the training.

He says some educators are also taking interest.

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Local & Regional News
4:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Media Blitz For Access To State Broadband Network Ends

Arkansas Education Association Director of Pubic Affairs Corey Biggs
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Advocates of increasing technology use in education are continuing to push for opening up the state’s broadband network to K-12 public schools.

The Arkansas Research Education Optical Network, or ARE-ON, is a network for universities and research institutions that has superior bandwidth capacity compared to commercial internet. Advocates argue it would provide cheaper service too, particularly to rural school districts. 42 states have similar public networks but a 2011 law made Arkansas the only state prohibiting public school access.

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2:22 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Alternative Diploma Geared Toward Trades Aims To Do More Than GED

Arkansas State Capitol
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

El Dorado school officials are making the case for a pilot program offering alternative high school diploma options. District officials presented their plan for individualized, trade-focused diploma options to a joint meeting of the Education Committees Monday.

El Dorado Superintendent Jim Tucker said an alternative to the GED – that keeps kids in school – is needed.

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7:42 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New Arkansas Tech President Takes Office

Arkansas Tech University now has a new president.

Robin Bowen took office Tuesday, becoming the 12th president of the university in Russellville. She succeeds Robert Brown, who retired Monday after serving 21 years.

In taking office, Bowen became the first female president of a public, four-year university in Arkansas. She was elected president in April by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees.

Local & Regional News
3:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Arkansas House And Senate Approves Teacher Insurance Plan

Rep. Harold Copenhaver of Jonesboro speaking about the education legislation Tuesday afternoon.
Credit Arkansas.gov

The Arkansas House and Senate have given initially approval to legislation that would prevent large premium increases for the state's public school employees.

The chambers approved the measures Tuesday as the Legislature planned to wrap up its special session in the early hours Wednesday.

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Local & Regional News
12:56 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Legislators Will Look To Privatize Troubled School Insurance Fund

Rep. Harold Copenhaver of Jonesboro talks with Roby Brock on Talk Business and Politics.
Credit Talk Business & Politics

A co-chair of a task force on teacher health insurance says after this week’s special session, his group plans to study privatizing the troubled school benefits program.

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Local & Regional News
3:48 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Author James Patterson Expands University Of Arkansas Scholarships

Bestselling author James Patterson has given more money for scholarships for education students at the University of Arkansas.

The university announced Wednesday that Patterson has created an additional eight teacher-education scholarships at UA. Last year, the author established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship for eight incoming freshmen planning to major in elementary education.

The additional gift from Patterson brings the total for the upcoming year to $96,000.

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Local & Regional News
8:56 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Eye Teacher Insurance Fixes

Arkansas House and Senate leaders are counting votes for two bills aimed at addressing looming insurance increases for public school employees as they see whether there's enough support for a special session on the issue.

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