Arkansas Education

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The state’s task force on computer science education met in Little Rock Wednesday to work on making recommendations for Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

Task force member Tom Chilton of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission said a new law requires the task force to plan for teacher training and to reassess how students are taught computer science subject matter at earlier grades.

Arkansas is one of only a few states that does not have its own dental school. That could change in a few years, as UAMS is exploring that option. But it’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to be cheap.

“If everything went as quickly as it could go, I would say it’s at least three years from now until a student would actually enroll,” said Dr. Dan Rahn, UAMS chancellor.

At least nine colleges and universities in the state will receive help from the U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services Program, the state’s congressional delegation said Wednesday.

Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark. and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., along with Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, French Hill, R-Little Rock, Steve Womack, R-Rogers, and Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, announced more than $2 million in funding for Arkansas higher education under the U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services Program.

The colleges and universities to receive funding were:

The University of Arkansas Eleanor Mann School of Nursing has received a $1 million federal grant to increase the number of advanced practice registered nurses.
The grant will be paid over three years for the program that's aimed at helping meet the health and wellness needs of Arkansas' medically underserved populations.

A permit has been approved allowing alcohol to be served at some events on the Arkansas State University campus.

ASU says Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control Board Director Bud Roberts approved the permit for the NEA Sports Club of Jonesboro on Monday, conditional on a final inspection of the facilities.

ASU's Board of Trustees in April approved a 10-year lease agreement with the nonprofit sports club allowing it to serve alcohol to its members at Centennial Bank Stadium, the Convocation Center, Tomlinson Stadium, Fowler Center, Cooper Alumni Center and the A-State Pavilion.

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Lawyers for the Pulaski County Special School District say it doesn't support any more school districts being carved out of its boundaries.

The lawyers filed a response in federal court Wednesday to a request for an expedited hearing in a decades-old desegregation lawsuit.

A lawyer for the parents who brought the lawsuit asked for the July 20 hearing to address the new Jacksonville School District's board elections, requirements of the desegregation ruling and whether more districts would separate from the Pulaski County district.

Alia Borroho, 32, has been a business development director at an education tech startup in Little Rock. She wanted to write software code instead. After 12 weeks of classes, she’ll be able to do so.

Borroho is one of 14 students – and one of two females – attending classes at the newly opened Iron Yard Coding Academy, a chain of 14 campuses in the United States with one in London.

Arkansas Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Dr. Mark Gotcher and State Rep. Charlotte Douglass (R-Alma).
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Schools in Fort Smith will be among the first to benefit from Arkansas’s two-year plan to improve broadband internet access. Education officials told a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees on Monday that the Fort Smith School District, as of Wednesday, will be able to provide a 200 kilobit minimum for each student.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received initial approval for its pre-licensure nursing program from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

The school announced that enrollment in the program will be open for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year and prospective students who have completed the required prerequisite general education courses can submit applications.

School officials say the addition of the nursing program is among the recent academic improvements it has made within the past year on campus.

60th Anniversary Of Integration Of NE Arkansas School District

Jul 13, 2015
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While Central High’s Little Rock Nine are remembered for their courage in 1957, the tiny northeast Arkansas town of Hoxie was first in the nation, peacefully integrating two years earlier. A ceremony over the weekend marked the 60th anniversary.