Arkansas Education

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has named a director for the university's Institute on Race and Ethnicity.

The university says distinguished professor of history John Kirk will take on the post. Kirk is a native of Great Britain who has been at UALR for five years. He serves on the Chancellor's Committee on Race and Ethnicity and has written about race and the civil rights movement - with a focus on Little Rock.

Kirk replaces Michael Twyman, who resigned in July, and he will step down as chairman of the UALR history department.

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Aug 15, 2015
Monika Alston-Miller

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio address for the weekend of Aug. 14, 2015:

In a mock interview for an advanced public speaking college class, a student was asked this question: “If you were a type of sushi, what would you be?” The interviewee thought for a moment, acted as if she was responding to her future employer and answered, “I’m classic like the California roll, with just a touch of spicy sauce because I can bring that something extra to this job, making me the ideal candidate.” 

One more voice in education is advocating for Pre-K funds, afterschool programs, and stronger recruitment and training for Arkansas’s teachers.

ForwARd Arkansas gave a report to the State Board of Education Friday after months of hosting focus groups and conducting surveys around the state. The group has been tasked with developing a long term vision for closing achievement gaps and increasing graduation rates in Arkansas.

Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

The Arkansas Research Alliance, a coalition of five research universities partnering with state businesses, announced today two $500,000 awards given over three years to a Chinese scientist specializing in energy storage and a Danish engineer focused on experimental cardiovascular surgery.

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The Little Rock School District and Arkansas Children’s Hospital are partnering to place an athletic trainer every public high school in the city. Officials say the goal of the agreement is to have adequate medical for all high school athletes.

Parkview basketball player, Morgan Brady, who will be a junior this school year, welcomes the news. In previous years, she says, her team did not get much attention.

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Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the state Board of Education should look at renaming Common Core as it begins revising the education standards that have been criticized by some conservatives.

The Republican governor on Wednesday formally submitted to the board recommendations from a task force he formed to look at Common Core. The task force last month recommended the state continue using Common Core but conduct a broader look at where to change and replace the standards.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is partnering with the Little Rock School District to place a hospital athletic trainer in all five of the district's public high schools.

Hospital and district staff announced the initiative Wednesday, but trainers have been on campus since July 1. The trainers from the hospital's Sports Medicine program will be stationed at the high schools in the afternoons through the end of athletic practices, but will also work with the middle school athletic teams.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) in August supporting his computer coding initiative.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says 1,300 students have signed up for coding classes under a new state law requiring public schools to teach computer science.

The teachers' union in the Little Rock School District plans to announce major changes in its contract with members at a meeting Tuesday evening. The Superintendent of the LRSD, Baker Kurrus, is proposing to change the contract with the union that has stood for 50 years.

The changes, backed by the state’s Department of Education, remove some bargaining rights but leave the union with negotiating power over salaries and benefits.

David Monteith / KUAR News

Arkansas lawmakers are encouraging public school districts around the state to plan special events with their local legislators next month to promote more cooperation between educators and the General Assembly.

Lawmakers on Monday promoted a resolution approved earlier this year that designates September as "take your legislator to school month," an effort to encourage legislators to spend more time learning about public school firsthand.