Arkansas Education

Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Many Arkansas College Students To See Hike In Tuition

Students on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen Law School campus.
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Many Arkansas college students will see a hike in tuition next year. Officials said Thursday that the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition and fees at the Fayetteville campus beginning with the fall 2013 semester.

University officials say the hike will raise average undergraduate in-state tuition and fees to $7,818 for two full semesters. That's an increase of $246 per student.

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Local & Regional News
11:24 am
Thu May 23, 2013

UA, ASU Boards Vote To Opt Out Of Campus Gun Law

Students on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus
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Arkansas' two largest university systems are opting out of a new state law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.  

The University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University boards on Thursday voted unanimously to continue banning concealed firearms on campus.

The bans will apply to UA's 11 campuses and ASU's four campuses. Arkansas Tech University's board was also voting on its policy regarding the gun law.  

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Concealed Carry on Campus
11:53 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

University Boards So Far Opting Out; UA, ASU To Decide Concealed Carry

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Thursday the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet and vote on whether to allow permitted faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on its campuses throughout the state.

The Arkansas State University Board is also expected to vote on the matter Thursday.

The state legislature recently passed a law that gives colleges the choice, though all schools that have voted so far have opted out of allowing concealed weapons on campus.

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Academic Challenge Scholarship
9:50 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Central Baptist College In Conway Offers Freshmen Full State Scholarship Award

Terry Kimbrow, president Central Baptist College in Conway.
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Colleges and universities across Arkansas will have to find ways to keep enrollment up, now that there will be significant cuts to state scholarship programs.

When the Arkansas Department of Higher Education didn’t get the additional $7 million it requested from the state legislature to shore up expected shortfalls, President Terry Kimbrow of Central Baptist College in Conway knew his team had to act.

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Local & Regional News
7:18 am
Wed May 22, 2013

UA System President Recommends Schools Opt Out Of Gun Law

Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System.
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The president of the University of Arkansas system is recommending its 11 campuses opt out of a law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. 

A spokesman on Tuesday said UA System President Donald Bobbitt will recommend that the schools continue banning concealed handguns on campus. The UA Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the recommendation Thursday.

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Arkansas Schools
6:33 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Arkansas Takes Over Mineral Springs School District

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Arkansas has taken over the financially struggling Mineral Springs School District, dissolving the southwest Arkansas district's school board.

Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell on Thursday announced the state had taken over the district, which had been classified as fiscally distressed in December. The state Education Department says the district faces a severe budget deficit and doesn't have sufficient cash flow to finish the fiscal year.

Acting district Superintendent Bill Blackwood will stay on board until Kimbrell appoints a new superintendent.

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Local & Regional News
9:52 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Harding University Opts Out Of Concealed-Carry Law

Harding University has opted out of a state law that allows faculty and staff members to carry concealed guns on campus.

Harding spokesman David Crouch says the private school already has a no-weapons policy in place in campus. He says the school's board of trustees voted to continue that long-standing policy and not allow any weapons on campus.

Crouch tells The Daily Citizen that the policy is in effect for Harding's campuses in Searcy, North Little Rock, Rogers and Memphis, Tenn.

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State Scholarship Cuts
7:23 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Arkansas Higher Ed To Cut $5 Million From Scholarship Fund

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Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway says expected cuts to state scholarship programs will affect students applying for those awards for this coming school year and beyond.

He says during the recent legislative session the Department didn’t get a requested additional $7 million to shore up estimated shortfalls, but did get $2 million to save the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships. That scholarship goes to 300 high-achieving students.

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Education Policy
7:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Changes Coming For Arkansas Charter School Approval, School Choice

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The Arkansas General Assembly this session enacted legislation on both public charter school authorization and inter-public school transfers. Phyllis Stewart, Arkansas Department of Education Chief of Staff, explains how both measures will work to expand school choice options.

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Local & Regional News
1:27 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Arkansas Schools Are Voting Against Allowing Firearms

Another school has decided to opt out of the state law allowing staff and faculty to carry firearms on college campuses.

Northwest Arkansas Community College’s board of trustees voted against allowing guns after reviewing student and faculty surveys.

Steven Hinds, director of public relations for the college, says students were surveyed about the issue.

"When the student government looked at the issue, deciding whether or not they were going to sign the resolution…they voted unanimously in favor of opting out of Act 226," said Hinds. 

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