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Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 07:43:00

Sexual harassment complaint lodged against Fayetteville school district superintendent

A sexual harassment complaint has been made by a district staffer against Fayetteville school district superintendent Matthew Wendt, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:11:00

Blevins superintendent resigns after parent claims he pulled a gun during an agument

Billy Lee, superintendent of Blevins School District, has resigned amid allegations that he pulled a gun during an argument with a parent.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 09:45:00

Central High students develop app and tour to allow visitors to walk in the footsteps of the LR Nine.

A team of Little Rock Central High School students is working with the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site to develop an app that leads visitors on a walking tour that follows in the footsteps of Little Rock Nine member Elizabeth Eckford as she tried to attend classes on her first day at Central High on Sept. 4, 1957.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:41:00

Tim Griffin research on Turkish charter schools for Mike Flynn didn't run deep

Article in today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette notes that Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin's name turned up in a Justice Department review of Michael Flynn's political work, specifically for some Turkish

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 09:09:00

Battle over future of education in Arkansas far from over, lawmakers say

As expected, the tug of war between school choice advocates and defenders of traditional public schools played out in Arkansas’s 91st General Assembly, which recently concluded its flurry of lawmaking.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 15:35:00

State Board of Education discusses, but doesn't act, on Little Rock School District

The state Board of Education today held a general conversation about the Little Rock School District, but took no action toward returning local control to the state-run district. Nor did it give a hint of when that might happen, despite pleas that it do so.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 18:37:00

Governor kills bid for local control of Little Rock schools

An idea to set a date for return of local control in the Little Rock School District seems likely to founder because of resistance from Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 20:26:00

Joint Budget approves money increase for voucher program

The Joint Budget Committee adopted an amendment last week to expand the appropriation for a special needs voucher program. An earlier version of the appropriation bill for the state Department of Education called for $800,000 to fund the Succeed Scholarship program for the 2017-18 school year, the same amount of money for the program that was appropriated in the 2016 fiscal session of the General Assembly. The amended version increases the appropriation to $1.3 million.

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Monday, March 27, 2017 - 15:24:00

Amended bill to strengthen dyslexia intervention clears Senate committee

A bill that would give teeth to a law that requires dyslexia screening and intervention in public schools passed by unanimous voice vote out of the Senate Education Committee Monday.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 22:32:00

Bill to strengthen dyslexia intervention runs into opposition in Senate committee

A passionate group of parents and reading advocates left the state Capitol disappointed but determined not to give up last week when a bill that would give teeth to a law that requires dyslexia screening and intervention in public schools failed to pass out of a Senate committee.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 14:25:00

Bill would prevent school districts from selling unused buildings to anyone other than charter operators for two years

A bill that would grant Arkansas charter schools the right to use “unused or underutilized” public school buildings advanced out of the House Education Committee late Monday afternoon on a voice vote with some dissent, drawing criticism from some opponents of the bill who cried foul at the unusual timing of the committee's action.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 09:16:00

School choice bill draws criticism from superintendents, governor

A bill that would establish education savings accounts in Arkansas is breaking new ground in school choice legislation, according to its sponsor. But critics — including the state’s influential school superintendent association — say it could pose major fiscal problems for Arkansas if passed in its current form.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 07:40:00

Speaking of education: Arkansas graded a C-

Education Week has issued its Quality County report card for the states on education and Arkansas again is in the bottom tier of states with a C- score and a 43 ranking, barely out of the D category and ahead of only eight states.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 07:27:00

Reading on schools for the Arkansas legislature

With the legislature prepared to expand the erosion of conventional public schools, new studies are critical of voucher and charter school programs.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 16:27:00

Bills filed to end 'fair dismissal' process for teachers in takeover districts and principals statewide

Reps. Bruce Cozart (R-Hot Springs) and Mark Lowery (R-Maumelle) have filed two bills aimed at rolling back the labor law that establishes due process for firing teachers and certain administrators in Arkansas.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 07:25:00

In praise of Diane Zook for questions on voucher program

Diane Zook, the state Board of Education member who's drawn criticism here before and will again for her zeal for charter schools and just about anything damaging to the Little Rock School District, distinguished herself at yesterday's Board meeting with questions about a new voucher program that will send taxpayer money to private, mostly religious schools.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 08:07:00

The future of LR schools: Pointed questions from Baker Kurrus

Outgoing Little Rock School Superintendent Baker Kurrus has raised some pointed questions about a committee appointed to consider collaboration of true public school districts and charter schools in Pulaski County. In short: What's the point if the outcome is pre-determined?

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 17:15:00

Schools progressing on dyslexia interventions, but major gaps remain

Districts and charters reported about 5,400 students received dyslexia interventions, out of a statewide student population of around 476,000. But statistics show 10 to 20 percent of the population is dyslexic — meaning from 47,000 to 95,000 kids should be receiving services.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:17:00

Flash: LR Prep pulls back expansion request

The smell ripens. In the midst of heated criticism of the state Education Department for hurrying up and waiving rules to allow an expansion request from the academically deficient Little Rock Preparatory Academy, Board member Diane Zook dropped a small bombshell: It has pulled back its expansion request.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:12:32

Mike Poore: Not ready to comment on latest charter school expansion in Little Rock. PS: Looks like fix is in.

Mike Poore, the incoming Little Rock school superintendent, isn't ready to express an opinion on the latest charter school expansion in Little Rock. The deal looks pre-baked. Work has already begun on the school despite lack of state Board of Education approval.

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