Arkansas Education

Asa Hutchinson
Arkansas Times

Arkansas is launching a regional and statewide coding competition to help promote the state's initiative to expand computer science classes in high school.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday that the competition will feature eight simultaneous regional competitions across the state, with the top two teams from each regional event receiving an invitation to participate in the statewide competition.

UALR Chancellor Andrew Rogerson
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Dr. Andrew Rogerson has not quite completed a full week as the 10th chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Taking over from longtime Chancellor Joel Anderson, who retired this year, Rogerson comes to UALR from Sonoma State University in California, where he served as provost.

Arkansas State University System President Charles Welch has named a former president of Eastern Kentucky University as interim chancellor.

Welch says Doug Whitlock will serve as interim chancellor at the ASU campus in Jonesboro starting Sept. 12. Whitlock replaces Tim Hudson, who resigned in August after internal audits criticized the school's study abroad program run by Hudson's wife.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Lynita Cooksey has been acting chancellor since Hudson's resignation.

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For the first time in over 20 years, Arkansas prisoners will have access to federal grants to go to college.

Shorter College in North Little Rock has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as part of a three year experiment to send inmates to school.

Shorter College says it will offer a two-year associate degree in business to 250 selected inmates as part of the program.   

Secretary interior Sally jewell transportation secretary Anthony Foxx National Park Service Ranger Jodi Morris
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Two members of President Obama’s cabinet visited Little Rock Tuesday, getting a firsthand look at the historic Central High School. It was part of a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Governor Asa Hutchinson is traveling the state this week touting computer coding in schools. Last year over four thousand students took high school level computer science courses as part of a statewide initiative.

During a stop Monday at Bryant High School, Hutchinson tried to raise excitement among students, saying coding skills are needed in every field. Hutchinson formerly served as Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush. He talked about the 2013 terrorist attack in Boston. 

Governor's Radio Column: Higher Ed Funding

Aug 20, 2016
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. 19, 2016:

As another school year begins, many recent high school graduates are gearing up for their first semester of college. It’s an exciting time for our students as they explore their academic passions and lay the foundations for a promising career path.

A federal appeals court Thursday issued a ruling affecting how an Arkansas school choice law affects districts under desegregation orders.

In its opinion, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier federal district court ruling which said the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2013 does not trump the requirements of a 1992 Garland County school desegregation settlement.

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School bells are ringing and buses are rolling at the start of this new school year for public schools in Arkansas.

Despite the lack of a brick and mortar building, hundreds of families across the state who’ve chosen to home school their children are also marking the beginning of school.

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After more than a year of work, an Arkansas legislative task force is preparing to release a report with recommendations on how the state can better meet the needs of special education students.

The Task Force on Best Practices for Special Education met for the last time Wednesday. It consists of a couple dozen educators, advocates and legislators. 

Sen. Uvalde Lindsey (D-Fayetteville) is the chair of the task force. He says the report will call for better communication among the various groups and interests that serve special needs kids.