Arkansas Education

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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University Education
6:06 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Students At UALR React To Loan Interest Rate Hike

UALR Students
Credit UALR Facebook page

After interest rates on new Stafford student loans for low income applicants doubled this week, many wonder if Congress will be able to arrive at a solution to keep rates low. On the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, some students reacted to news of the rate hike.

“It’s sort of the sacrifice you make if you’re going to do years of education. You know, there’s those years of income you don’t get a lot of times and so you [ask yourself] which one is going to put you further,” said H.L. Moody, who has been going to college off and on for the past ten years.

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Local & Regional News
5:48 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Officials Consider Naming New Library For Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

The Central Arkansas Library System is considering a plan to name its new children's library in honor of Hillary Rodham Clinton.  The library's board of trustees is now accepting public comment on the plan.  The board says it wishes to honor Clinton's work as Arkansas' first lady, as well as her charitable work with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and Arkansas Children's Hospital.  Clinton was also involved in several early childhood education initiatives. The library opened its new children's library on 10th Street in Little Rock earlier this year.  The board of trustees is ac

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Local & Regional News
5:33 am
Mon June 17, 2013

1,200 Teachers To Converge On Hot Springs

More than 1,200 Arkansas teachers are expected in Hot Springs for a technology symposium.

The Hot Springs Technology Institute runs Monday through Thursday at Hot Springs High School.

The event is marking its 20th anniversary. Organizers say about 350 teachers are to attend workshops on Monday and Tuesday, with the rest coming in for the Wednesday and Thursday events.

The Sentinel-Record reports more than 200 sessions will be available for educators at the conference.

Education Board
5:42 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansas State Board Of Education Elects New Officers

Former Arkansas state Sen. Brenda Gullett of Fayetteville has been elected chairwoman of the Arkansas State Board of Education.

Gullett was elected Wednesday and succeeds Jim Cooper as chair of the education board.

The board also elected former state Rep. Sam Ledbetter of Little Rock as vice chairman.

The two will serve one year terms that run through June 2014.

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