Arkansas Education

About 200 people gathered in the Hoxie High School gym to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school district's integration.

Several of the black students who helped integrate the district also returned to the school for Saturday's event.

Known as the Hoxie 21, the students went to their new schools on July 11, 1955. The integration was peaceful at first, but two weeks later, white supremacists from out of town protested the move.

The struggle to integrate continued in 1957 as federal troops were called to help integrate Little Rock Central High School.

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.

Arkansas State Board of Education

The Arkansas Board of Education has approved a new standardized test to replace an assessment associated with the controversial Common Core standards, less than a month after rejecting the switch backed by the governor.

Lt. Governor Tim Griffin (R) speaking in the rotunda of the Arkansas Capitol in the spring of 2015.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin said the Council on Common Core Review will not issue recommendations as early as he had hoped but a report will still be compiled “well in advance” of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s early fall deadline.

In a June 8 joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees Griffin told lawmakers he wanted to have a report from the council completed by the end of June.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking to the Little Rock Rotary 99 Club.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says multiple proposals from standardized testing companies after he ordered education officials to drop out of an assessment linked to the Common Core standards.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

After several days of political wrangling over which assessment to use for public schools students in Arkansas, Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus declined to weigh in on the debate.

Johnny Key Asa Hutchinson
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is telling education officials to drop the state's involvement in a standardized test linked to the Common Core standards, despite a state board rejecting his request to do so earlier this month.

Hutchinson on Monday directed Education Commissioner Johnny Key to withdraw the state from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium. Hutchinson said the withdrawal was in accordance with a 2010 memorandum of understanding the state signed.

UAMS Lands $3.9 Million To Continue Biomedical Research

Jun 10, 2015
UAMS campus / UAMS

The University of Arkansas for Medical Science, administrator of the Arkansas INBRE program promoting biomedical research across the state, has been awarded $3.9 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue the program.

INBRE stands for IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin heads the Common Core task force.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas officials have moved to change the state's standardized testing provider as part of an ongoing review of whether to retain Common Core education standards.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday that the state will terminate its agreement with Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and instead contract with ACT.

The Governor's Council on Common Core Review recommended the move in part because of ACT's national recognition and shorter testing times.

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor credited with expanding the first Criminal Justice program in the state has died.