Arkansas Education

Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

University Of Central Arkansas Awarded NIH Grant To Study Bullying

The University of Central Arkansas has been awarded nearly $300,000 in grant money to study middle school bullying.

Three professors of the Department of Psychology and Counseling Department have been awarded the grant entitled, “Decreasing Bullying with a Self-Affirmation: A Test of the Compensation Model.”

Drs. Paul Nail, Elson Bihm, and Joan Simon’s research will test the this model. 

The two-year long, National Institutes of Health grant will, in part, fund the interviewing of children, asking them what values are important to them and their families.

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Local & Regional News
3:50 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Pulaski County Special School District Proposes Plan To Upgrade School Buildings

The Pulaski County Special School District says it has a 200 million dollar plan to upgrade and equalize it's school buildings.

The plan includes building two new high schools and improving many more.

Part of the funding would need to come from a property tax increase, with the remaining money pulling from the final year of state desegregation aid.

The plan hinges on whether Jacksonville votes to become its own, new school district before they can move ahead.

Local & Regional News
4:48 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Final Approval Given To School Desegregation Settlement

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A federal judge has approved a settlement phasing out payments from the state to three Pulaski County school districts in the state's long-running desegregation lawsuit. Federal Judge D. Price Marshall said the settlement to the “exceedingly complex” case was “fair, adequate and reasonable” and noted how few objections there were in the case.

After the ruling, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel called the settlement “historic.”

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Local & Regional News
1:42 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Hearing Could Be End Of Arkansas Desegregation Aid

A federal judge in Arkansas is hearing arguments about whether to approve a settlement agreement that would allow the state to stop making payments to help fund racial integration in three Little Rock-area school districts.

U.S. District Judge Price Marshall was considering Monday whether the state's plan to end $70 million in annual payments in 2018 is fair to the districts, students and employees.

Local & Regional News
6:53 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Former University of Arkansas Officials Testify About Deficit At Hearing

Current and former University of Arkansas officials testify before the Joint Performance Review Committee Tuesday. From left to right, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration Don Pederson, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Financial Affairs Jean Schook, Chancellor David Gearhart, former Vice-Chancellor of Advancement Brad Choate, former Associate Vice-Chancellor of University Relations John Diamond (behind Choate) and former Advancement Division Budget Director Joy Sharp.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

As Arkansas lawmakers probe a $4.19 million deficit at the Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas, current and former officials testified Tuesday at the Capitol, offering contradictory accounts about who was at fault.

Former employees who were not allowed to testify at a hearing last month, got to give their side of the story to members of the Joint Performance Review Committee.

Brad Choate, who ran the University of Arkansas’s fundraising division, suggested there’s a “culture of cover up” by school officials.

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Local & Regional News
8:37 am
Mon January 6, 2014

University Of Arkansas Finances Face More Scrutiny

University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Credit / Alfred Carrillo

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville officials are expected to testify before a legislative committee this week to answer additional questions about the university's fundraising practices.

Late last year, the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee reviewed state audit findings that showed a multimillion-dollar shortfall in the Division of University Advancement. 

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Local & Regional News
7:13 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Hundreds Of Laptops Given To Little Rock School District Students

A new computer distribution program will put laptops in the hands of 800 fourth and fifth grade students in the Little Rock School District.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette Reports the largest school district in the state, with 25,000 students, will to continue to hand out laptops each year, with the initial four-school pilot program costing the district about 1 million dollars.

Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Clinton School Wants Sleeping Bags For Homeless

Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall.

The Clinton School of Public Service is collecting sleeping bags and socks so they can be given to the homeless.

The Keep Little Rock Warm drive is to take place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Students at the school are asking people to donate new or clean and gently used sleeping bags and socks.

People can bring the items to Sturgis Hall at the Clinton Presidential Center. Also, donations in the form of checks can be made out to The Van, a mobile unit that helps the homeless.

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Local & Regional News
1:56 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Sherwood Disputes Section of Pulaski County Desegregation Agreement

Sherwood Mayor Virginia Hillman, accompanied by members of the Sherwood Education Foundation, speaks about the city's desire to create its own school district.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The community of Sherwood is unhappy with a section of the proposed Pulaski County Desegregation Settlement involving three school districts and the state of Arkansas. Members of the Sherwood Education Foundation spoke Wednesday at the Bill Harman Recreation Center of how the proposed settlement would prevent their city from easily carving its own school district out of the Pulaski County Special School District.

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Local & Regional News
6:27 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Delta Authority Provides $175,000 To Education Program

The Delta Regional Authority has announced it will provide $175,000 to the STRIVE vocational education program in eastern Arkansas.

Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced the investment Tuesday with state and local officials in Marianna.

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