Arkansas Education

The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees has approved a lease for an on-campus restaurant that plans to sell alcohol.

The lease with Mosaique Bistro and Grill was approved Friday on a 6-1 vote with board member Kay Hinkle voting against it. Retired minister James Davis of Conway also spoke against allowing alcohol sales on campus.

The restaurant will be in Donaghey Hall. The hall is a four-story, two-building development that is under construction with completion expected by fall 2016.

Gov. Radio Address: Coding With The Kids

Aug 22, 2015
Governor Asa Hutchinson radio address
Office of the Governor

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of Aug. 21, 2015:

Last Saturday morning, I sat with my granddaughter Ella Beth in a room filled with the excited faces of other young people and 70 laptop computers donated by AT&T.

I listened to fingers drumming swiftly across keyboards — effortlessly coding as if they were born for it. A smile crossed my face as I tried not to compare their harmony to my own coding rhythm — much slower, not as graceful. We are all in this together, I told myself. Coding is for everyone.

Rep. John Walker
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Pulaski County Special School District Superintendent Jerry Guess should keep authority over desegregation matters in the Jacksonville/North Pulaski County School District, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

The Little Rock School District will be allowing high school students to carry their cell phones with them during the school day as part of a pilot policy.

In the past, students who brought their phones on campus were required to leave them in their lockers during the day. But the district announced Thursday that effective immediately, that’s changing.

State lawmakers began discussions Tuesday on student loan debt from higher education. Democratic Rep. Greg Leding of Fayetteville requested a legislative study on the issue. It is slated for completion by the summer of 2017.

According to Tony Williams of the Arkansas Student Loan Authority, students in the state accumulated roughly $675 million in debt in the 2013/2014 school year. 

“I think what’s driving that is the cost of higher education,” said Williams. He added that debt rates have climbed steadily over the past decade and will continue to grow. 

eStem UALR
David Monteith / KUAR News

UALR and eStem Public Charter Schools announced a partnership Monday where eStem will educate students in grades 9-12 on UALR’s campus, where they will have the opportunity to earn a two-year associate’s degree. University officials said it’s an arrangement unlike any other in the nation.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has named a director for the university's Institute on Race and Ethnicity.

The university says distinguished professor of history John Kirk will take on the post. Kirk is a native of Great Britain who has been at UALR for five years. He serves on the Chancellor's Committee on Race and Ethnicity and has written about race and the civil rights movement - with a focus on Little Rock.

Kirk replaces Michael Twyman, who resigned in July, and he will step down as chairman of the UALR history department.

Gov. Radio Address: UCA's Dr. A

Aug 15, 2015
Monika Alston-Miller

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio address for the weekend of Aug. 14, 2015:

In a mock interview for an advanced public speaking college class, a student was asked this question: “If you were a type of sushi, what would you be?” The interviewee thought for a moment, acted as if she was responding to her future employer and answered, “I’m classic like the California roll, with just a touch of spicy sauce because I can bring that something extra to this job, making me the ideal candidate.” 

One more voice in education is advocating for Pre-K funds, afterschool programs, and stronger recruitment and training for Arkansas’s teachers.

ForwARd Arkansas gave a report to the State Board of Education Friday after months of hosting focus groups and conducting surveys around the state. The group has been tasked with developing a long term vision for closing achievement gaps and increasing graduation rates in Arkansas.

Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

The Arkansas Research Alliance, a coalition of five research universities partnering with state businesses, announced today two $500,000 awards given over three years to a Chinese scientist specializing in energy storage and a Danish engineer focused on experimental cardiovascular surgery.