Arkansas Education

Delta Regional Authority To Host Pitch Competitions

Jan 15, 2015

The Delta Regional Authority is working to identify and nurture entrepreneurs from the Delta and the so-called “Alabama Black Belt” through The Delta Challenge, a series of entrepreneurship pitch competitions, and by offering support to organizations that foster entrepreneurship.

Up to 16 Entrepreneurship Network Fellows will be named through Delta Challenge pitch competitions that will take place in five cities across the Delta, including one in Jonesboro on Feb. 28. Others will be held in Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Ruston, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Linden, Alabama.

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Little Rock School District leadership is making a final push to avoid a state takeover of the district. The Arkansas State Board of Education will meet on January 28 to decide if the state should take over the entire district, just its six schools categorized in academic distress, or to allow district leadership to continue in place.

David Gearhart
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University of Arkansas chancellor G. David Gearheart said he will step down from his position and return to the classroom on July 31, 2015.

Citing his desire to spend more time with his family, Gearheart who has served as chancellor since 2008, said he planned to return to the classroom.

Rep. John Walker
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The Arkansas State Board of Education has set a January 28th date to decide whether to take over all or part of the Little Rock School District .

Six Little Rock schools were deemed in academic distress this year by the Arkansas Department of Education allowing for a legal state takeover of the district at any time. Yet some school board members and other advocates have spoken out against a takeover.

Arkansas Schools Rank 36th In Nation, Says Education Week

Jan 8, 2015
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Arkansas schools ranked 36th in the nation in Education Week magazine’s annual Quality Counts study, and the state ranked ninth on its “early education index.”

The study, which was skipped last year, had ranked Arkansas fifth the previous two years, but those scores included policy-related indicators such as “standards, assessment and accountability.” This year’s study focused more on outcomes-based indicators – K-12 achievement and “chance for success” – along with an analysis of school financing.

Dexter Suggs Little Rock Schools
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Officials from the Arkansas Department of Education are recommending a state takeover of the Little Rock School District, while district leaders made the case Wednesday that they are taking steps to correct problems. It was the first in a series of meeting taking place this week.

Currently six Little Rock schools are categorized as being in academic distress. The state can take over the district if any school is in academic distress.

The University of Central Arkansas says the local utility system has pledged $3 million for construction and renovation work at its Lewis Science Center.

The gift from Conway Corp. was announced Monday after it was approved previously by the city-owned utility's board of directors.

UCA President Tom Courtway called the gift one of the most significant developments in the school's history. The money will help build state-of-the-art labs and scientific facilities for students.

Shane Broadway
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The Arkansas State University System has named Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway as its vice president for governmental relations. ASU System President Charles Welch made the announcement Wednesday.

Broadway is a former state representative and state senator and served as Speaker of the House. He has served as director of higher education since being appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe in 2011. He is a 1994 graduate of Arkansas State.

Faculty from the University of Arkansas System will meet Wednesday and Thursday to begin curriculum development for eVersity, the state’s online university program. Educators will meet at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain for the planning conference.

Attorneys in a longstanding Arkansas school desegregation case have filed a motion agreeing that special education in the Pulaski County Special School District is "unitary," or substantially desegregated.

The motion was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock by attorneys for the district and others in the case. It asks that a federal judge grant an order that the Pulaski County district is unitary in special education.