Arkansas Education

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8:53 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Hearing Set On Pulaski County Desegregation Plan

The Pulaski County School District and its patrons are asking a federal judge to approve a change to its desegregation plan to accommodate a $10 million plan to improve student achievement.

Wednesday's hearing comes as the district works to become officially desegregated, as the Little Rock and North Little Rock districts already have. The three districts have received more than $1 billion in special state desegregation aid since 1989 but have reached a settlement to end the payments.

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Local & Regional News
1:19 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Special Session To Address Teacher Insurance Looking More Likely

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

All part-time school and state employees as well as many spouses of full-time employees would be ineligible for insurance benefits under two draft bills discussed during a meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees Tuesday.

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Local & Regional News
5:50 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Prosecutor Says He Won't File Charges Over UA Testimony

File photo of current and former University of Arkansas officials testifying before the Joint Performance Review Committee in January. From left to right, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration Don Pederson, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Financial Affairs Jean Schook, Chancellor David Gearhart, former Vice-Chancellor of Advancement Brad Choate, former Associate Vice-Chancellor of University Relations John Diamond (behind Choate) and former Advancement Division Budget Director Joy Sharp.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Pulaski County prosecutor says conflicting testimony from University of Arkansas officials isn't enough to warrant criminal charges under the state's perjury laws.

Prosecutor Larry Jegley reviewed testimony from a legislative hearing last fall about reported problems at the university's Division of Advancement. At the hearing, former UA spokesman John Diamond told lawmakers that school officials ordered him to "get rid" of records regarding a multimillion dollar deficit in the division.

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Local & Regional News
9:38 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Program Aims To Help Professionals Improve Writing

The University of Arkansas is offering a new graduate certificate program that aims to help working professionals improve their writing skills.

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Local & Regional News
8:53 am
Thu May 15, 2014

UALR Selected For $1M Endowment

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been selected for a $1 million endowment to support scholarships for nontraditional college students who want to return to school to finish their education.

The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco selected UALR for the endowment - the only institution in Arkansas to offer the Osher Re-Entry Scholars Program.

Local & Regional News
9:06 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Arkansas Literacy Councils Awarded Grant

A nearly quarter million dollar grant has been awarded to Arkansas Literacy Councils, Inc. to support its reading program.

The Corporation for National and Community Service awarded a one-year AmeriCorps grant of $249,895 to the nonprofit organization in Little Rock to support the Arkansas Reads program.

The funding is to support 40 AmeriCorps members who provide one-on-one basic literacy and English as a Second Language instruction to 725 economically disadvantaged adults.

Local & Regional News
5:53 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Arkansas State Senator Taking Job With UA System

Sen. Johnny Key

A state lawmaker who had sought a job as the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's lobbyist has taken a similar position with the university system.

The UA system announced Wednesday that state Sen. Johnny Key has been named the system's associate vice president for university relations. A spokesman said Key will be paid $130,000 in the new post. His start date was being negotiated but would follow the conclusion of his service in the state Senate.

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Local & Regional News
12:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Governor Makes Pick For Arkansas Education Leader

Officials say Arkansas' current deputy education commissioner is the top pick to lead the department when Tom Kimbrell steps down next month.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe says the governor is recommending that James "Tony" Wood succeed Kimbrell, who is leaving the agency to become superintendent of the Bryant School District.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the state Board of Education hires the education commissioner and the governor confirms the appointment.

Local & Regional News
9:11 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Senator Mark Pryor Staffer Named As UA Lobbyist

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville says it has selected the state director for Sen Mark Pryor's office as its new lobbyist.

The college announced Monday that Randy Massanelli won the position over two other finalists to serve as the next vice chancellor for governmental relations starting July 1st. The university's current lobbyist Richard Hudson is retiring July 31st.

The two other finalists for the position were Mac Campbell, a former aide to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, and Republican state Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home.

Local & Regional News
7:16 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Probe Finds No Laws Broken In UA Fundraising Deficit

File photo of University of Arkansas officials testifying before the Joint Performance Review Committee in January. From left to right, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration Don Pederson, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Financial Affairs Jean Schook, Chancellor David Gearhart, former Vice-Chancellor of Advancement Brad Choate, former Associate Vice-Chancellor of University Relations John Diamond (behind Choate) and former Advancement Division Budget Director Joy Sharp.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A prosecutor's report developed at the request of a state legislator concludes that the top financial official at the University of Arkansas engaged in no wrongdoing in dealing with a $4 million deficit in the school's fundraising division.

Deputy Prosecutor David Bercaw issued a letter to the House of Representatives on Tuesday that says Vice Chancellor Don Pederson didn't misrepresent any facts in addressing the Office of Legislative Audit.

Republican Rep. Nate Bell asked that a prosecutor review Pederson's role in the matter.

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