Historic Arkansas 

Historic Arkansas

Arkansas-history teachers and buffs are once again skirmishing with the state Education Department over the teaching of Arkansas history in the public schools. In the just-completed legislative session, a group called the Arkansas History Coalition won approval of a bill creating a 23-member task force to study the teaching of Arkansas history in the schools and recommend improvements. The bill did not have the support of the state Education Department. Education Commissioner Kenneth James says he merely expressed concerns — about the size of the task force and setting a precedent for creation of task forces for all subjects.

Two years ago, historians bumped heads with the Education Department over guidelines for teaching social studies, including Arkansas history. Members of the coalition such as Lloyd Clark, who teaches Arkansas history at Walnut Ridge, say that a 1997 law mandating the teaching of Arkansas history is not being followed “to any real extent” at many schools, because the schools are so engrossed in teaching the state-required language and mathematics courses on which pupils and schools are graded. James or his designee will be a member of the task force, but the historians say they fear the Education Department will not be fully supportive of the task force's work.


Judge hospitalized

Thanks to Rep. Steve Harrelson's Under the Dome blog for a report on Circuit Judge Jim Hudson of Texarkana, one of three people nominated by U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln to be considered to succeed the retiring federal Judge Harry Barnes of Camden (Barnes' law clerk, Susan Hickey, and a Texas judge, Caroline Craven, also were nominated for the Arkansas judgeship). Harrelson reports that Hudson had surgery for cancer March 27 at UAMS, then “coded” April 3 after a post-surgical infection set in. His difficult struggle is updated regularly by his family on a Caring Bridge website — caringbridge.org/visit/jimshealth.


Hispanic outreach

District Judge Alice Lightle, who oversees the criminal division of Little Rock district  court, is applying for a grant to create an arm of the court in Southwest Little Rock. The grant would pay for a clerk and probation officer, at least one able to speak Spanish, to provide court at least once a month for misdemeanor offenses in the area. The grant application said some petty crimes in the economically depressed neighborhood are “driven by the need for social services.” It also said it would be useful to reach out to Hispanics, sometimes reluctant to report crimes.


From the ArkTimes store


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Latest in The Insider

  • All in the family

    Old habits die hard. We may have a new Republican majority in the legislature, but like the old Democratic majority, it still doesn't hurt to have a lawmaker spouse to land a part-time job during the legislative session.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • 'Circuit breaker' legal

    When we first asked Gov. Mike Beebe about the "circuit breaker" idea out of Arizona (automatically opting out of Medicaid expansion if the feds reduce the matching rates in the future), he said it was fine but noted that states can already opt out at any time, an assurance he got in writing from the feds.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • Church goes to school in Conway

    An interesting controversy is brewing in Conway Public Schools, periodically a scene of discord as more liberal constituents object to the heavy dose of religion that powerful local churches have tried to inject into the schools, particularly in sex education short on science and long on abstinence.
    • Jan 23, 2013
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »


  1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Arkansas medical marijuana supporters are back

    • Get top quality marijuana, (https://www.weed-plant.org/) supplies top quality marijuana, shatter, cannabis oil and wax with…

    • on September 25, 2017
  • Re: The strange demise of Melissa Byers

    • You don't have to be guilty of anything to be suicidal after you lose your…

    • on September 24, 2017
  • Re: The inadequate legacy of Brown

    • The gerrymandering piqued curiousity to view the attendance zones. So my '70's Hall High classmates…

    • on September 23, 2017

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation