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Analysis of Arkansas school security kicks off

posted: 03/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

The work of the new, 18-member Arkansas School Safety Commission -- appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson after the Parkland, Fla., school massacre -- is underway in its efforts to assess and make recommendations on schoolhouse safety measures.

Education notebook

posted: 03/18/2018 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Longtime educator says time to retire

North Little Rock school chief sets June 30 retirement

posted: 03/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Kelly Rodgers, the superintendent of the North Little Rock School District for almost five years, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the current year, leaving one year on his contract that expires in June 2019.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Arkansas kids join walkout as students across U.S. exit schools, honor shooting victims

updated: 03/15/2018 12:25 p.m. Comments 53

Arkansans were among the hundreds of thousands of students nationally who walked out of their schools Wednesday morning -- some under threat of being disciplined -- to remember last month's Parkland, Fla., shooting victims and to call for greater gun control.

Arkansas boy's elephant idea earns him all-expense-paid trip to Botswana

posted: 03/14/2018 10:19 a.m. Discuss

Ben Radke, 12, of Ozark is the winner of an all-expense paid trip for three to Abu Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, for his "Elephant Pride and Bus Rides" entry in a national Every Elephant Counts Contest.

State's schools urge caution amid calls for walkouts

posted: 03/13/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

National calls for a student walkout on Wednesday, the one-month anniversary of the shooting deaths of 17 students and adults at a Parkland, Fla., high school, have Arkansas school leaders reaching out to student groups to urge caution or alternative activities, if not opposition.

Gunman report outside central Arkansas school leads to 3 teens' arrest

posted: 03/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Three teens were each charged with a count of aggravated assault and a count of communicating a false alarm Friday evening after a student reported being approached in the Maumelle High School parking lot by a masked gunman, police said.

Education notebook

posted: 03/10/2018 2:52 a.m. Discuss

District to feature young performers

Police: 3 teens in custody after central Arkansas high school locked down; BB gun recovered

posted: 03/09/2018 4:13 p.m. Discuss

A central Arkansas high school was placed on lockdown for hours after a student reported being approached in the parking lot by an armed, masked person, police said.

Arkansas districts denied pupil-transfers leeway; 4 systems fear ‘white flight,’ desegregation compliance issues

updated: 03/09/2018 2:34 p.m. Discuss

Hope, Junction City, Lafayette County and Camden Fairview school districts must participate in Public School Choice Act interdistrict student transfers, the state Board of Education decided Thursday.






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