Arkansas Education

City of North Little Rock

“100 Girls of Code” officially is opening a local chapter in Arkansas. The initiative offers free workshops to females ages 12 to 18 to generate interest in computer science among girls. Each participant of the workshop learns computer-programming basics by building websites and video games.

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub has partnered with the organization to oversee the North Little Rock chapter.

UAPB Receives Grant To Study Foodborne Pathogens

Feb 11, 2015

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of $149-thousand to study food safety.  It will allow research on controlling foodborne pathogens in ready-to-eat foods.

It specifically concerns natural microbrials and bacteriophage. Bacteriophage is a virus that doesn’t attack humans or animal cells, but kills bacteria. 

The project will be multi-institutional, with UAPB working with Mississippi State University, Arkansas State University and the USDA. 

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Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A task force is being created to study Common Core education standards in Arkansas. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday he will form a 16-member council led by Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin to ensure the state’s public schools aren’t weakened by conforming to federal expectations.

Hutchinson, a Republican who promised such a review while running for governor, said they will have key goals to evaluate the guidelines. 

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation aimed at clearing the way for districts to use teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards and eliminating the regulatory panel that had resisted similar efforts in the past.

By a 33-1 vote, the Senate on Monday approved legislation abolishing the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and School Security Agencies. The measure, which now heads to the House, would put the board's duties under the Arkansas State Police.

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Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Arkansas State Board of Education approved a state takeover of the Little Rock School District with a five to four vote Wednesday after four hours of comments from community members overwhelmingly opposed to the takeover.

State Board member Vickie Saviers proposed the motion that leaves Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs in his job on an interim basis.

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Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

By a 5-4 vote, the Arkansas State Board of Education Wednesday approved a state takeover of the Little Rock School District. It came after an impassioned five hour meeting, that included comments from parents, students, state lawmakers and school officials overwhelmingly opposed to the takeover. 

Little Rock Superintendent Dexter Suggs, who has only been on the job a year and a half, asked the board for time to make changes, saying progress was being made. 

The Little Rock School Board has unanimously passed a $375 million dollar facilities plan just days before the State Board of Education’s January 28th meeting on whether to take over the district.

The board passed what had been a contentious plan to build new schools in both southwest and west Little Rock, and made a renewed commitment to student equality in the district.

The Little Rock School Board approved a facilities plan last night that includes the construction of a middle school in west Little Rock and a High School in southwest Little Rock.

With the Arkansas Board of Education to decide next week whether to take over the Little Rock School District, district officials sent a letter to board members Wednesday.

Little Rock School Board president Greg Adams says it was in response to recent doubts about the ability of his members to work collaboratively to address problems at six Little Rock schools ranked as being in academic distress.  

Delta Regional Authority To Host Pitch Competitions

Jan 15, 2015

The Delta Regional Authority is working to identify and nurture entrepreneurs from the Delta and the so-called “Alabama Black Belt” through The Delta Challenge, a series of entrepreneurship pitch competitions, and by offering support to organizations that foster entrepreneurship.

Up to 16 Entrepreneurship Network Fellows will be named through Delta Challenge pitch competitions that will take place in five cities across the Delta, including one in Jonesboro on Feb. 28. Others will be held in Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Ruston, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Linden, Alabama.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Little Rock School District leadership is making a final push to avoid a state takeover of the district. The Arkansas State Board of Education will meet on January 28 to decide if the state should take over the entire district, just its six schools categorized in academic distress, or to allow district leadership to continue in place.