Arkansas Education

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter disagrees with the House and Rules Committee’s bill to decrease the amount of lottery funded scholarships awarded to college students across Arkansas.

He says over 100,000 students have already benefited from the $4,500 awarded to them each year, with freshman enrollment of Arkansas students increasing significantly since instating the scholarship program. 

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  The Little Rock Tech Park Authority Board is still looking at three potential tech park sites as relatively equal rivals following their meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The Tech Park Authority Board’s meeting yielded no clear favorites from three sites in its afternoon meeting.  Board Chair Mary Good attributed part of the indecision to an engineer’s report that didn’t find any site particularly stronger than the others.

Arkansas Capitol
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Small school districts teetering on the edge of 350 students won’t be able to count home schoolers as a way to avoid school district consolidation.
 

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considered a possible candidate for President in 2016, is the headliner of the School Choice reform rally and summit on Tuesday.

In conjunction with National School Choice Week, activists are pushing for a policy reform on the state’s education system.

Laurie Lee is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Reform Alliance said Arkansas can learn from Florida’s education system which Jeb Bush implemented.

Session To Train Arkansans To Respond To Mass Shootings

Jan 16, 2013

The owner of a central Arkansas gun range is hoping to educate people on how to respond if they find themselves in a mass shooting.

Retired Army Lt. Colonel and former high school teacher Ed Monk hosted the free presentation.

Speaking to a small group of concerned citizens, including those who own guns and those who don't, he spoke about people needing to prepare themselves in the event of a shooting in a place like a school or church.

The Central High Band practices for the inauguration.
Photo: Kezia Nanda

Little Rock’s Central High School marching band is getting geared up to take part in President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.

But with a week and a half to go, they are still working to raise money for the trip.

You can listen to KUAR’s Kezia Nanda’s report above.

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is what the band will play at the inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21.

Central was the only school in Arkansas chosen to take part at the ceremony, marking the start of President Obama’s second term.

In the work-driven, hectic world many modern families find themselves in, children are often placed in child care, where parents hope their needs will be adequately met.

But the reality is it isn't always easy for child care providers to deal with the disruptive behavior of some of the students and have complete control of the classroom.

Arkansas State University's Liberty Stadium
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The campus of Arkansas State University is abuzz with the announcement of new head football coach Brian Harsin. Administrators held a press conference today in Jonesboro where Harsin laid out his plan to continue the recent success of the program. "I know that it's not just the football team. It's not just the university. It's an entire community that backs and makes all of this work. And support is what's tremendous and what's huge in continuing to get better and better," said Harsin.

Photo: Kezia Nanda

Arkansas’ 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year was honored on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was there. You can listen to her report above.

Alexia (Ali) Weimer was chosen by the state’s Teacher of the Year Selection Committee.

She teaches kindergarten at the Avondale Elementary School in the East Arkansas town of Marion. 

Kim Wilson won 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year and serves on the committee.

She says Weimer deserves the honor.

Angela Davis at UALR
Malcolm Glover

On Thursday evening, crowds of people stood in long lines and later packed into the University Theatre on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to hear a lecture by longtime social activist, author, and educator Dr. Angela Davis.

Davis was in Little Rock to support new research efforts by members of UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity. The institute has assembled a diverse group of people throughout the state who are all dedicated to making constructive changes to Arkansas’s criminal justice system.

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