Arkansas Education

Arkansas Sports
6:10 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Why Hendrix Is Reviving Its Football Program

Illustration by John Deering for Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Arkansas sportswriter Evin Demirel has been working on a report documenting a trend in the world of higher education: Small liberal arts colleges starting or re-starting football programs as part of their long-term growth plans.

His work was featured in this past Sunday's edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke with Demirel about the trend and what it means for one Arkansas college, Hendrix College in Conway. 

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Local & Regional News
5:48 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Study To Look At Medical School At Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University

A healthcare consulting firm will conduct a feasibility study of an osteopathic medical school at Arkansas State University. 

The school says Tripp Umbach has been selected to conduct the study. It will begin examining the practicality and financial impact of an osteopathic medical school at Arkansas State in September. 

The Delta Regional Authority invested $25,000 for the study.

The Board of Trustees will use the study to help them make a decision on whether or not to authorize the program.

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Local & Regional News
5:51 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Suspect Arrested Year After UA Campus Rape

University of Arkansas police say they have arrested a suspect in a year-ago rape of a student on campus.

Investigators said Monday that 22-year-old Cesar Michael Figueroa of Springdale was charged after DNA evidence allegedly linked him to the Sept. 2, 2012, attack.

The student told police she was sexually battered on a parking lot the night after the first home football game.

DNA evidence collected from the victim was entered in a national database, which police said led to Figueroa as a suspect.

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Local & Regional News
9:02 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Arkansas Red Cross: New School Year Means Parents Should Update Emergency Contacts

As students head back to school in central Arkansas, Red Cross officials in the state are reminding parents and guardians to update all emergency contact information.

Brigette Williams with the Arkansas Red Cross says families must have a plan of action so that children and teachers know what to do if there is an urgent situation in the middle of the school day.

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Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Federal Committee Hearing On Rural, Urban Communications To Meet In Cabot

A member of the Federal Communications Commission is to discuss school Internet connectivity in a central Arkansas talk.

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel of the FCC is to speak at the Cabot Public Schools administration building on Monday.

Rosenworcel is to highlight the need for affordable Internet access in classrooms. She is to appear with Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, who is being challenged in a re-election bid by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. 

Little Rock Tech Park
7:22 am
Wed August 14, 2013

New Locations Pitched As Tech Park Board Is To Meet

File photo of the board considering locations for the Little Rock Technology Park meeting in May.
Credit Arkansas Times

Hear the report by KUAR's Michael Hibblen.

As efforts continue to determine the best place to build a Little Rock Technology Park, three new potential locations are being proposed.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Arkansas Panel To Discuss Plan To Arm Teachers, Staff

A regulatory panel is discussing the disputed licenses that a west Arkansas school district is using to arm more than 20 teachers and staff to act as volunteer security guards on campus.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday planned to discuss a legal opinion from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that said the panel was wrong to issue licenses to 13 districts designating them as private security firms.

Arkansas Education
4:59 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

School Choice Law Leaves Parents and Board Frustrated

Upset parents turned to the Arkansas Board of Education Monday to try to get school transfer requests that were denied overturned.

The newly enacted Public School Choice Act of 2013 allows for transfers unless a district annually claims exemption due to involvement in desegregation court cases. The previous school choice act, of 1989, was overturned by a 2012 court claiming racial demographic formulas, aimed at desegregating schools, were unconstitutional.

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Local & Regional News
4:32 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Memorial Service Set for Calvin Ledbetter, Arkansas Lawmaker and Educator

A young Calvin Ledbetter, Jr.

A memorial service for Calvin Ledbetter, a former Arkansas lawmaker and Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is scheduled for Friday.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. in the Donaghey Student Center on U.A.L.R's campus.

Ledbetter died this past weekend. He was 84 years old.

In addition to being a politician and professor, Ledbetter was an author who wrote in great detail about Arkansas and its political past.

U.A.L.R Chancellor Dr. Joel Anderson calls him a low-key gentleman who was very insightful and had a great sense of humor.

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Local & Regional News
6:04 am
Fri August 9, 2013

School Bus Safety Urged As Arkansas Students Return

The Arkansas Education Department is starting a program to urge motorists to be careful around school buses.

Classes resume this month across the state and the department is starting a campaign on Monday called, "Flashing Red, Kids Ahead."

The three-week campaign will emphasize that it is illegal for a driver to pass a stopped school buses whenever its red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading.