Arkansas Education

An Arkansas panel has recommended tying higher education funding to factors such as degree completion, a move that supporters say will help make the case that the state's colleges and universities need more money.

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday adopted the framework for a new "outcome-based" funding plan for the state's colleges and universities. Currently, most of the state's higher education funding formula is tied to student enrollment.

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Former President and Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton spent considerable time Tuesday night describing his wife’s efforts to advance child healthcare and education during her time as first lady of the state. Clinton gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, telling the story of the pair’s courtship and eventual involvement in Arkansas politics.

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The Islamic Center of Little Rock is hoping to counter negative stereotypes with a billboard campaign comparing a Muslim woman in a hijab, or headscarf, to Virgin Mary in a veil.

KUAR spoke to the mosque’s vice president, Alaa Eldamaty , who says the goal is to encourage questions. 

"You might be scared of Islam because of all of the media or all of the horrific attacks happening around the world in the name of Islam," said Eldamaty. "But really, Islam is a religion of peace," she explained. 

A public school teacher from Bauxite, Arkansas is to speak to the Democratic National Convention Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Dustin Parsons, a 5th grade math and social studies teacher at Pine Haven Elementary, says he'll discuss how efforts by Hillary Clinton when she lived in the state benefited children. In particular, he says her role in leading education reforms had a lasting impact in Arkansas.

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A new Arkansas Department of Education website details what data is collected on students throughout the state. The department announced the launch on Wednesday. The site also provides the public with easy access to information on several state and federal laws impacting the data collection on Arkansas K-12 students.

Holly Glover, the Department of Education’s Director of Data Use and Privacy helped develop the site.

A new report says the Arkansas lottery enjoyed record-breaking sales over the past year that funded an increase in college scholarships in the state. 

The report released Monday to the Legislature's Lottery Oversight Committee says total ticket sales during the fiscal year that ended June 30 were $455.6 million, up 11.5 percent over fiscal 2015. Instant ticket sales were up $25 million over the prior year, and draw games were up more than $22 million.

Ann Clemmer
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A former state lawmaker has been picked as the interim director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday named Ann Clemmer to head the department when Brett Powell resigns July 29 to become vice president for finance and administration at Henderson State University. The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board is conducting a nationwide search to find Powell's permanent replacement.

Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore at the Clinton School for Public Service. 2016.
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In what was billed as the first policy speech from the new head of the Little Rock School District, Superintendent Michael Poore made the case for greater collaboration between schools and local industries.

He told a packed room at the Clinton School of Public Service Tuesday that career development centers, along with pre-K access, and quality teachers are key to his vision for returning the state-controlled district to local control.

Michael Poore Little Rock Superintendent
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After officially becoming superintendent of the Little Rock School District Friday, Michael Poore is scheduled to speak Tuesday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

A news release from the school says Poore, who has a two year contract, "will lay out his vision for the future of the district." It’s currently under state control because six of its schools have had chronically low student test scores.

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Over 20,000 more high school juniors in Arkansas took the ACT this March than the previous year, according to results released today. This 72% increase from 8,733 to 31,081 test takers was brought on by the Arkansas Department of Education’s push to offer the ACT to all high school juniors free of charge. Hope Allen is the director of assessment with the Arkansas Department of Education.