Arkansas Education

Baker Kurris speaking at a meeting of the Arkansas Board of Education several weeks before being appointed Superintendent.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The new superintendent of the Little Rock School District has only been in office for a couple of days but he may already be striking a different chord with at least a few of those critical of the state-run district's first steps to lift six of the district's 40-plus schools out of academic distress. 

Newly-appointed Superintendent Baker Kurrus said during an interview Thursday he is making inclusion in the decision-making process an early priority.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key appointed attorney and former Little Rock School Board member Baker Kurrus as superintendent of the Little Rock School District Tuesday.

Kurrus, who replaces Interim Superintendent Marvin Burton, will lead the district for a salary of $150,000. Former Superintendent Suggs made over $200,000.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signing a workforce development bill.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson will travel to high schools across the state to encourage students to enroll in computer science courses. Hutchinson's office announced Tuesday that the governor will travel to at least 10 high schools this month and that more locations will be announced later.

Each of the selected schools has been asked to perform an hour of coding with the student body before the visit.

The Republican vowed to expand the offerings during his campaign last year and says it will make Arkansas more competitive and improve the workforce.

Lawyers for the Pulaski County Special School District have asked a federal judge to deny party status for the newly-formed Jacksonville School District in the decades-old desegregation case.

U.S. District Court Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. earlier this month asked the parties in the case to respond to a request from the Jacksonville School District to be recognized as a full party in order to protect the district's interests in desegregation lawsuit decisions.

The district will not officially separate from Pulaski until June 2016.

The mayor of Jonesboro has said a proposal from Arkansas State University students to add protections for gays and lesbians to the city's anti-discrimination policy is unnecessary.

The Jonesboro Sun reports Mayor Harold Perrin made his announcement Tuesday. He says the language in the city's personnel handbook is broad enough to cover all types of discrimination.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin heads the Common Core task force.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A group put together by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to assess Common Core educational standards in Arkansas will hold its first public hearing Thursday in Little Rock.

Over the next two months, additional hearings will be held in eight other cities around the state to get public input and hear from educational leaders.

Dexter Suggs Little Rock Schools
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

With questions over accusations he plagiarized work for his doctoral degree, Dexter Suggs resigned  as interim superintendent of the Little Rock School District Tuesday morning, according to the Arkansas Department of Education.

A press release said Education Commissioner Johnny Key reached an agreement with Suggs for his immediate resignation. 

Dexter Suggs Little Rock Schools
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Little Rock School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs had planned to hold a town hall meeting Monday at Central High School but canceled it over the weekend.

Rep. John Walker
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A federal judge says he needs more information before deciding whether the new Jacksonville School District can be a party to a decades-old desegregation case involving the Pulaski County Special School District.

Poll: Education On Wrong Track, But Local Schools Are Fine

Apr 14, 2015
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A majority of Arkansans believe that K-12 education in the state is on the wrong track, but they like their local schools. That’s according to the findings of a new poll commissioned by Talk Business & Politics, Hendrix College and Impact Management Group.