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Brenda Bernet

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Dad says no state tests for his son

posted: 04/12/2014 3:12 a.m. Comment 1

A Fayetteville father who teaches in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas kept his fourth-grade son out of school during Benchmark testing this week.

Schools altering when kids learn advanced math

posted: 04/07/2014 3:51 a.m. Discuss

Some school districts are adjusting the sequence in which they offer math courses to their highest achievers because of changes under the new Common Core State Standards for middle school and high school students.

After 9 years, adventure over for one Flat Stanley

posted: 04/05/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Huntsville High School senior Alan Orduna remembers how much he liked the colors orange and blue when he colored a paper Flat Stanley as a third-grader in Luella Wood’s class in Huntsville.

District seeks new school chief

posted: 04/02/2014 4:49 a.m. Discuss

Huntsville School District officials plan to hire a new superintendent for the 2014-15 school year, with the current superintendent stepping into an assistant superintendent role until he retires.

Census: NW up by most in state

posted: 03/27/2014 5:06 a.m. Discuss

Northwest Arkansas continued to lead in population growth among the state’s metropolitan statistical areas, followed by the Jonesboro and Little Rock areas, according to new estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Literacy guidelines alter classes

posted: 03/25/2014 3:49 a.m. Discuss

New state literacy standards require that students read more nonfiction, but despite some fears, the change does not push fiction out of the classroom, a teacher-trainer from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville said.

3 schools set to issue computers

posted: 03/18/2014 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Two elementary schools and one junior high school in Fort Smith will begin issuing computers this fall for students to take home.

To make up snow days, 23 districts scrap break

posted: 03/17/2014 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Students’ only nonweekend day off from school in Green Forest this spring will be Memorial Day, Green Forest Superintendent Matt Summers said.

Legislators hear snow-day pleas

posted: 03/11/2014 6 a.m. Discuss

State legislators on Monday expressed interest in exploring different ideas during the 2015 session about how school districts make up for snow days, but in the meantime they praised West Fork School District for its plans to make up nearly all 21 days it has missed.

Tiger-head uproar ends on civil note

posted: 03/08/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

The Green Forest School District can continue using a tiger-head logo the University of Missouri-Columbia had protested because of its purported similarity to the Mizzou logo, according to a letter Green Forest released Friday.

47 districts ask for snow waivers

posted: 03/05/2014 5:05 a.m. Discuss

Nearly 50 school districts are asking the state Board of Education for waivers on the number of snow days that their students must make up this spring.

Tips help teach English to kids

posted: 03/01/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Teenagers with a minimal level of language proficiency can read Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, said an educator who specializes in training teachers on strategies to help pupils who speak other languages.

Newton County to open new jail

posted: 02/24/2014 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape is looking forward to June 1, when he will open the county’s new jail, which has stood vacant since it was completed in summer 2012.

FIREARMS ON THE SIDE: Alma kids fundraiser packs some heat

posted: 02/23/2014 5:26 a.m. Comment 1

The single-biggest fundraiser for a graduation celebration for Alma High School seniors this year will be a sold-out adults-only dinner, with attendees competing to win prizes that include several firearms — like an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Make Marshall pay bill, Ozark water authority urges court

posted: 02/21/2014 4:40 a.m. Discuss

Ozark Mountain Regional Public Water Authority has asked a Searcy County Circuit Court for a judgment to require the city of Marshall to pay for water supplied by the the water authority.

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