Arkansas Education

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.
Credit ualr.edu

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.

Local & Regional News
6:23 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Arkansas District Arming More Than 20 Teachers, Staff

When fall classes start in one Arkansas school district, more than 20 district employees will be walking the hallways carrying concealed weapons, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus.

After undergoing 53 hours of training, the teachers, administrators and other employees will be considered guards.

Clarksville, a community of 9,200 people about 100 miles northwest of Little Rock, isn't known for having dangerous schools.

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Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Arkansas 2013 Sales Tax Holiday Set For Aug. 3-4

This year's back-to-school sales tax holiday in Arkansas is set for the first weekend in August, allowing consumers to save on clothing and school supplies.

Purchases made on Aug. 3-4 won't be subject to the state sales tax of 6.5 percent and will also be exempt from local sales taxes.

The exemption applies to clothing and footwear priced at less than $100, clothing accessories and equipment that costs less than $50 and various school supplies.

Local & Regional News
12:42 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Back $1.1Million For Scholarship Program

Arkansas lawmakers have approved tapping $1.1 million in reserve funds to make up for a shortfall in a program that helps students pursuing medical degrees that Arkansas schools don't offer pay for tuition at schools in other states.

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday approved transferring money from the state's Rainy Day Fund to the Health Education Grants program.

The grants help students pay out-of-state tuition for medical programs not offered at Arkansas schools, including veterinary medicine, dentistry and optometry.

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University Education
2:46 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Bowen Law School Gets New Dean

Michael Hunter Schwartz
Credit ualr.edu

A new dean at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Bowen School of Law is settling into his job. Michael Hunter Schwartz was announced as the Law School’s dean this week.

Schwartz gained over 20 years of law teaching and administering experience at Western State University, Charleston School of Law and Washburn University.

He says he was first attracted to Bowen after conducting a workshop there 2 years ago. He has a few long-term plans for the school, including finding ways to reach those who find it hard to access legal services.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Former Education Commissioner To Lead Arkansas Group

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock says a former education commissioner will lead a non-profit group that works to improve math, science and English education in the state.

Former Education Commissioner Kenneth James will take over as president of the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science starting on Oct. 1.

James replaces Tommie Sue Anthony, who is retiring. T

Local & Regional News
4:55 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Hillary Clinton Attends Dedication Of Library Named In Her Honor

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Marian Lacey, Vice-President of the CALS Board of Directors and library Director Bobby Roberts.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she hopes a new children’s library in Little Rock will encourage reading among kids at an early age.

Monday she attended a dedication ceremony where the facility was formally named in her honor.

The board of the Central Arkansas Library System voted last month to name it for Clinton, in recognition of her work on issues regarding children's health and education while she was Arkansas' first lady.

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Public Events
5:51 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Hillary Clinton To Attend Arkansas Library Dedication

Hillary Rodham Clinton is returning to Little Rock as the city dedicates a children's library named after the former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential contender.

The Central Arkansas Library System on Wednesday said Clinton will be on hand for the dedication of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center. The library's board voted last week to name the library for Clinton, in honor of her work on issues regarding children's health and education as Arkansas' first lady.

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