posted: 12/09/2013 1:42 a.m.
Nineteen-year-old Ankur Singh says the nationwide emphasis on raising standardized test scores fosters a stifling educational environment, and the conversation too often doesn’t involve the students who are affected.
posted: 12/07/2013 3:21 a.m.
Dana Skinkis, 14, hadn’t given much thought to the reason she shampoos with Tresemme, but after seeing a vendor representative talk about product placement, she understood that the shampoo brand’s spot on the shelf influenced her.
posted: 12/07/2013 3:19 a.m.
Kevin Meythaler, a teacher at Kingston High School, thought a national investment game would help his students better understand how world events affect them in their small town in Madison County.
posted: 11/30/2013 3:17 a.m.
CLARKSVILLE — Kwe Ka Baw sat on the floor of his living room on a cold November afternoon in shorts, a T-shirt and a fleece jacket, while entertaining his 2-year-old daughter, Healer Thaw Baw.
posted: 11/29/2013 5:04 a.m.
Sandra Rodriguez said she’s learned that fundraisers have value beyond the money her fifth-grade daughter raises for her school, Bayyari Elementary School in Springdale.
posted: 11/20/2013 5:14 a.m.
The Green Forest School District plans to continue using its tiger mascot logo despite a request from the University of Missouri to stop, Green Forest officials said.
posted: 11/18/2013 4:16 a.m.
FORT SMITH — Mayra Gonzales sat next to her 10-year-old daughter, Jasmine, during a recent fifth-grade math lesson on fractions in Teena Crotty’s classroom at Sunnymede Elementary School.
posted: 11/15/2013 4:38 a.m.
Cordell Lee Ashby, 20, must turn himself over to the Madison County sheriff’s office within the next 30 days to begin serving a three-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to five charges that stem from the April 28 death of a 15-year-old girl at his former residence in Alabam.
posted: 11/15/2013 4:36 a.m.
Kammy Middleton of Huntsville pleaded innocent Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court to felony theft charges for purportedly taking more than $21,000 from the Huntsville High School cafeteria.
posted: 11/12/2013 4:17 a.m.
Gigi Liner takes advantage of the few minutes she has with teachers each day when she drops by their classrooms to pull out children for small-group instruction.
posted: 11/12/2013 4:14 a.m.
Weaving science, technology, engineering and math throughout the school day fosters lessons that hold students’ attention and provides a foundation for potential careers in those subjects, a principal at Leverett Elementary School in Fayetteville said.
posted: 11/08/2013 2:47 a.m.
It was about midnight when Pete Earley finally talked to a doctor in a Virginia hospital. He had spent four hours in the waiting room with his adult son, who was delusional and had not taken his mental-health medication for five months.
posted: 10/31/2013 12:56 a.m.
Officials in the Stephens School District are looking for a partner school district willing to keep their school open, but time is running short, the School Board president said.
posted: 10/28/2013 5:15 a.m.
Concerns about water and sewer service along the U.S. 412 bypass in Huntsville have slowed plans to build a Wal-Mart store there, a company spokesman said.
posted: 10/28/2013 12:14 a.m.
Educato rs from four Boone County school districts are participating in the next round of a reserve deputy training program at the Boone County sheriff’s office.
posted: 10/25/2013 4:49 a.m.
Even though his health was declining, the founder of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville creative writing program still sent detailed critiques to former students.
posted: 10/23/2013 4:56 a.m.
A former Huntsville High School cook told fellow employees that her supervisor was stealing money from a cash box in the cafeteria, but the cook and her supervisor both are suspected of pocketing money, records released from a year-long police investigation show.
posted: 10/20/2013 4:30 a.m.
Earning a high score on an Advanced Placement exam in high school doesn’t necessarily indicate that a student will go on to graduate from college, a Berryville High School English teacher said.
posted: 10/13/2013 5:13 a.m.
Some schools with greater proportions of students from low-income families perform as well or better than schools with more children from middle- and upper-income families, education researchers at the University of Arkansas have found.
posted: 10/13/2013 5:11 a.m.
JOPLIN, Mo. — Cindy Atteberry could still recognize her son, daughter-in-law and their baby girl in a wrinkled snapshot marred by white scratches.
posted: 10/12/2013 6:26 a.m.
ROGERS — The children of Burmese refugees who have settled in Clarksville needed basic language skills, including learning the letters of the English alphabet, when they began arriving two years ago, said Ashley Warren, an Englishas-a-second-language teacher at Kraus Middle School in Clarksville.
posted: 10/07/2013 5:01 a.m.
Screening for Clarksville School District educators who are part of an armed emergency-response team included the same psychological evaluation required for law-enforcement officers, Superintendent David Hopkins said.
posted: 10/05/2013 6:03 a.m.
GREENWOOD — A small group of Greenwood High School juniors spent last Saturday, the weekend before homecoming, stacking green spaghetti boxes together to create a football field on a flatbed trailer, hoping to outdo the senior class in a new homecoming competition.
posted: 10/04/2013 12:54 a.m.
Teenagers gain workforce experience in their first jobs, frequently in fastfood restaurants or other retail stores, but for those with disabilities, such experience is often elusive, a researcher at the University of Arkansas said.
posted: 10/01/2013 4:45 a.m.
VAN BUREN — Ashley Mitchell, a teacher-in-training from Springdale, noticed how a first-grade boy became quiet when reading out loud with his teacher and two other children.
posted: 09/26/2013 4:30 a.m.
James Busbee, 77, still remembers neighbors arriving at his childhood home in Searcy County to collect and haul water from a deep well.
posted: 09/21/2013 3:26 a.m.
State auditors estimate that nearly $81,000 is missing from food sales at the Huntsville High School cafeteria in a three-year period, and police continue to investigate two former food-service employees who have resigned.
posted: 09/19/2013 4:38 a.m.
Alma School District’s plans for improving school security are on hold after voters rejected a millage increase Tuesday that was proposed to pay for the projects.
posted: 09/17/2013 12:05 a.m.
The Clarksville School District began arming designated staff members, including teachers, with concealed 9mm pistols Friday, two days after a state licensing board agreed to maintain the commissions of armed security officers employed by school districts.
posted: 09/10/2013 5:11 a.m.
About three-fourths of the Madison County Courthouse is unusable because of the building’s poor condition, but County Judge Frank Weaver hopes voters will approve a 1 percent sales tax increase that will raise funds for repairs.
posted: 09/03/2013 4:56 a.m.
A working mother of four, a rancher with grandchildren and an assistant college professor share concerns over new state standards that set expectations for what students should learn in literacy and math from kindergarten through 12th grade. They are part of a growing number of Arkansas residents asking questions about the Common Core State Standards.
posted: 09/02/2013 4:31 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE — Paul Moore said his reason for supporting immigrant workers and low-income workers comes from Psalm 82, which encourages justice for the poor and orphans and protection of the rights of the oppressed and destitute.
posted: 08/31/2013 3:45 a.m.
Heat in the tail end of summer creates challenges at the beginning of football season, and today’s 3 p.m. Arkansas Razorbacks kickoff coincides with the hottest part of the day.
posted: 08/28/2013 4:50 a.m.
Clarksville Superintendent David Hopkins said he plans to appeal if a state board decides Sept. 11 to revoke the license it granted his district to have staff members act as private security guards.
posted: 08/23/2013 5:18 a.m.
The Madison County jail faces probation or closure if deficiencies cited in a July 1 inspection by the Criminal Detention Facilities Review Committee are not corrected.
posted: 08/20/2013 12:58 a.m.
An air of excitement filled hallways at Marvin Primary Campus on the first day of school Monday, said the superintendent of one of the state’s smallest school districts.
posted: 08/18/2013 4:24 a.m.
Hartford School District Superintendent Teresa Ragsdale knows some families moved out of state during the summer, but she won’t know the full effect on the district’s enrollment until classes start Monday.
posted: 08/12/2013 4:23 a.m.
Teaching a child about nature can be simple.
posted: 08/08/2013 4:35 a.m.
While interviewing for the top position in the Alpena School District, Andrea Martin sensed low morale among the staff as a result of financial struggles that had meant cuts to staff and changes within the district.
posted: 08/07/2013 12:47 a.m.
Clarksville School District will proceed with its plans to arm staff members as commissioned security guards if a state board upholds its license next week, Superintendent David Hopkins said.
posted: 08/01/2013 4:37 a.m.
High school students often think they will encounter a story about a bird when they begin studying Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, a Mountain Home English teacher said.
posted: 07/14/2013 4:39 a.m.
Teachers across the state are devoting time this summer to studying a new teacher evaluation system that school administrators will begin using during the 2013-14 school year.
posted: 07/12/2013 12:43 a.m.
CLARKSVILLE — In an instant, gunshots rang out from a classroom, followed by the sound of someone crying. The assistant principal drew his pistol and entered the hallway to see four children lying on the ground.
posted: 07/11/2013 2:20 a.m.
The new jail Newton County built last summer remains vacant, and the county continues to pay to house inmates 20 miles away in the Boone County.
posted: 07/09/2013 3:01 a.m.
A federal judge on Monday handed down the maximum sentence of 60 years for a Madison County man who admitted he photographed two teen girls engaged in sexual activity.
posted: 07/07/2013 2:51 a.m.
The switch to a new state-mandated student management system contributed to four Bentonville campuses being put on state probation for overbooking some classes and assigning too many students to one high school teacher.
posted: 07/07/2013 2:51 a.m.
David Kellogg, the new superintendent of the Eureka Springs School District, remembers wishing he could give lectures with the skill of one of his college professors, but he also realized that not every student shared his level of interest.
posted: 07/04/2013 4:50 a.m.
Arkansas charter schools are not producing the same gains in reading and math as charter schools in other states, a new study from researchers at Stanford University shows.
posted: 07/01/2013 3:27 a.m.
Some school district administrators are concerned that they will have to offer health insurance to substitute teachers when a federal health-care law takes effect in January. Also, schools spend a considerable amount of time hunting for substitutes when teachers call in sick.
posted: 07/01/2013 3:22 a.m.
Madison County voters will decide in September whether to raise the sales tax to support the county’s main operating budget.