Arkansas Education

Local & Regional News
3:55 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Court Ends Part Of Arkansas Desegregation Lawsuit

A federal judge is ending a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957.

The lawsuit was originally filed by a Little Rock school district in 1982. It said state policies were still creating racial imbalance despite changes made since nine black teenagers needed federal troops to enter Little Rock Central nearly six decades ago.

Arkansas went on to give three school districts more than $1 billion to promote integration.

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Local & Regional News
7:44 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

First New North Little Rock School Opens As Part Of Massive Overhaul

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tony Wood speaks with students during Tuesday's ceremony at the new Meadow Park Elementary School.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

As part of an ambitious $265 million plan to completely remake the North Little Rock School District, the first new school is now open. A ceremony was held Tuesday to dedicate the rebuilt Meadow Park Elementary, with three other schools to open in December.

Students patiently waited through a series of speakers, before the ribbon-cutting and students and faculty shouting in unison "let's go to school."  It's the first new school to open in the district in 44 years.

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Local & Regional News
9:09 am
Mon August 18, 2014

School Board Weighs Options For Building Improvements

Little Rock School Board officials are deliberating over whether to re-purpose some elementary schools for older kids after the results of a study from a private consultant recommended repairs and expansions costing up to $500 million.

Carl Baxmeyer of Fanning-Howey architecture and engineering firm of Indianapolis, says his company found some elementary schools might be put to better use.

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Local & Regional News
6:27 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Beebe: Invest In Broadband For K-12 Schools

As more vocal calls for Arkansas to invest in fiber-optic broadband networks for its K- 12 schools surface, Governor Mike Beebe is touting a new partnership on the subject in his weekly radio address. The Governor says the state Education Department, other state agencies and the national non-profit EducationSuperHighway are partnering to look at ways to cheaply and effectively bring the state up to meet national goals by the year 2018.

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Local & Regional News
12:15 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

District Forced To Consider Consolidation Options Because Of Low Enrollment

A school district in eastern Arkansas is exploring options for consolidation after the state said it doesn't have enough students to continue as an independent public school system.

The coming school year, which starts Monday, will be the last for the Hughes School District as an independent entity.

The Arkansas Department of Education says it will have to consolidate or annex into another district next year because it's had fewer than 350 students for two years in a row.

Local & Regional News
12:47 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Rally For Proposed Jacksonville School District Draws Hundreds

Jacksonville/North Pulaski Education Corps Chairman Daniel Gray addresses an overflow crowd at the campaign kickoff Mon. night.
Credit David Wallace/KUAR

A crowd estimated at more than 500 crowded into the Jacksonville Community Center Mon. night to kickoff the campaign for a new school district independent of the Pulaski County Special School District. 

A special election Sept. 16 will determine whether the northern Pulaski County town will have its own district after years of sharing school governance with many other communities in the state's most populous county. 

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Local & Regional News
3:11 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Gov. Beebe: Reallocate Resources For School Broadband

Governor Beebe making the announcement Monday that the state can reallocate $15 million to expand broadband access to public schools.
Credit Colleen Mayo / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says the state can reallocate $15 million to expand broadband access to schools that are lacking fast Internet connections.

The governor said Monday that he still wants K-12 schools to be able to use the broadband system that's available for universities in Arkansas, but that would take action by the Legislature. Beebe considered including the issue on the call for a special session earlier this summer.

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Local & Regional News
3:03 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

University of Arkansas Meets Fundraising Goal

An Arkansas university has announced it has raised more than $100 million in private gift support for the fourth year in a row.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville announced Monday that it's raised $113.3 million in fiscal year 2014. The amount surpasses the school's goal of $108 million. The private gift support includes cash, planned gifts and new pledges received from July 2013 through June of this year.

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Local & Regional News
6:14 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Jessieville Superintendent Resigns Amid DWI Charge

The superintendent of the Jessieville School District has resigned more than a week after being arrested in Texas for driving while intoxicated.

Andy Curry's resignation was announced Saturday night following a 90 minute special school board meeting that was held behind closed doors.

Curry was arrested July 24 in Euless, Texas, while on vacation. Police say Curry was stopped after an officer saw him twice drive into a curb.

Local & Regional News
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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