Arkansas Education

Local & Regional News
4:26 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Higher Education Board Approves Mexican Campus for ASU

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the Queretaro, Mexico, campus of Arkansas State University that is scheduled to open in August 2015.

The board met in Little Rock Friday and gave its approval.

ASU Chancellor Tim Hudson said the campus in Mexico will expand opportunities for students and faculty and build relationships between the U.S. and Mexico.

More than 2,000 government, education and business leaders gathered in Queretaro in February for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $50 million privately funded campus.

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Local & Regional News
8:53 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Hearing Set On Proposed Norphlet-Smackover Merger

The Arkansas Board of Education is to consider the proposed consolidation of the Norphlet and Smackover school districts at its hearing next month in Little Rock.

Both schools have approved the voluntary annexation of the Norphlet district into the Smackover district. The consolidation came about because Norphlet's enrollment is declining and nearing the state minimum of 350 students.

According to the El Dorado News-Times, the proposed merger would create

Local & Regional News
9:02 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Engineering Team From UALR To Compete In Texas

A mechanical engineering design team from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is set to compete in an international event after winning first-place among 18 teams in the Student Professional Development Conference in Lubbock, Texas.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers organized the event that was held April 4-6 at Texas Tech University.

This year's event called for the team to design a small unmanned air vehicle to carry cargo through two gates, drop a payload and return to the starting point.

Local & Regional News
9:24 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Arkansas Tech Trustees To Select New President

The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting in which they're expected to select and introduce the university's next president.

The board is to meet Tuesday afternoon on the south lawn of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center on the ATU campus in Russellville. Gov. Mike Beebe is expected to attend.

The event is open to the public with a reception in the Pendergraft Library and Technology Center to follow.

Arkansas Science Education
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Arkansas Schools To Adopt New 'Next Generation Science' Curricula

The new public education standard known as “Common Core” is now being taught in 44 states including Arkansas, but the state is also among 26 states drafting new K thru 12th grade science standards, called “Next Generation Science.”

KUAF’s  Jacqueline Froelich reports.

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Local & Regional News
9:04 am
Mon April 14, 2014

2 East Arkansas Schools Receive Federal Funds

Two schools in eastern Arkansas have received a combined $6 million in federal School Improvement Grant funds.

The Arkansas Department of Education announced Monday that Wonder Junior High School in West Memphis will receive $3.7 million over three years and Forrest City Junior High School will receive $2.4 million over two years.

Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell says the federal grants will allow the schools to implement new programs to improve academic performance.

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Local & Regional News
6:50 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Arkansas Education Board Takes Over Lee County Schools

The Arkansas Education Board has agreed to take over the Lee County School District, which has been cited for having academic and financial problems.

The board voted on Thursday to remove the district's school board after a report by a three-person committee that studied academic performance issues at the district.

Lee County school officials have come under criticism for low student achievement levels, failure to dismiss underperforming faculty and class scheduling management that jeopardizes student graduation.

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Local & Regional News
2:20 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Handgun Discovered At Maumelle High School Prompting Lock Down

Authorities say Maumelle High School briefly went on lockdown after a handgun was discovered in a classroom.

Pulaski County Special School District spokeswoman Deb Roush says the school went on lockdown at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday after someone saw a student with a gun.

Roush says Maumelle police responded quickly, and an 18-year-old student was taken into custody.

Maumelle police say officers discovered a .25-caliber handgun on a bookshelf in a classroom. No one was injured, and police say the threat is over.

Local & Regional News
12:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Judge Addresses Issues In Central Arkansas Desegregation Case

A federal judge says a panel that reviews magnet school programs for three central Arkansas school districts involved in a long-running desegregation battle will cease to exist this summer.

U.S. District Judge Price Marshall also said at a hearing Friday that he may dissolve the Office of Desegregation Monitoring.

The office has reviewed the racial balance of the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts for decades. Its work would then be done by a court-appointed expert.

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Local & Regional News
9:29 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Ex-Senator Gilbert Baker Quits UCA Post

Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker has quit his job at the University of Central Arkansas.

The college said Wednesday that Baker had left his $132,000-job as the president's executive assistant. A reason wasn't given.

Baker's departure came the same day the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock reported that Baker's former political consultant, Don Thomas, had denied being involved with political action committees that donated money to a circuit judge under investigation. Two of the PACs list Thomas as an officer.

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