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Analysis of school security kicks off

updated: 03/19/2018 2:52 a.m. Discuss

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 52

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.

LISA Academy gets OK to expand in Sherwood

updated: 03/09/2018 3:05 a.m. Discuss

The LISA Academy charter school system received final state approval Thursday on its plan to build a secondary school campus in Sherwood and increase its enrollment cap for all of its campuses by 600 to a total of 2,700.

9 groups file to run charter schools in Arkansas

posted: 03/08/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Nine organizations have notified the Arkansas Department of Education of their plans to apply to establish open-enrollment charter schools in 2019-20 in locations that include Pulaski and Jefferson counties.

District looks at safety measures

posted: 03/06/2018 2:24 a.m. Discuss

The shooting deaths of 17 people last month at a Parkland, Fla., high school caused the Jacksonville/North Pulaski County School Board on Monday to re-evaluate building access and safety features at district schools, particularly those of two campuses now under construction.

17 teams set for coding contest

posted: 03/04/2018 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Seventeen Arkansas high school teams from across the state will compete for personal and school awards in the second annual All-State Coding Competition on May 5 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Education notebook

posted: 03/04/2018 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Education Board to visit El Dorado






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