posted: 12/12/2013 5:22 a.m.
Concerns rose to the surface Wednesday from different fronts about provisions in a tentative settlement in federal court to the 31-year-old Pulaski County school-desegregation lawsuit.
posted: 12/09/2013 2:10 a.m.
The tentatively approved settlement in the Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit does more than phase out state desegregation money — it will change all the rules for the longtime interdistrict student-transfer programs in the three districts, including the Little Rock magnet schools.
posted: 12/06/2013 2:37 a.m.
An Arkansas Department of Education panel denied permission Thursday to two organizations to resubmit their applications to open charter schools next summer in North Little Rock and Redfield.
posted: 12/01/2013 4:06 a.m.
Parties in a long-running federal school desegregation lawsuit are turning to newspapers and cyberspace to get the word out about a tentatively approved settlement that will end state desegregation aid to Pulaski County’s three school districts in 2018.
posted: 12/01/2013 4:03 a.m.
The Benchmark Exam has been part of Arkansas’ public school lexicon since the mid-1990 s. And the state End of-Course exams in algebra I and geometry have been placed on student desks every year since at least 2000.
posted: 11/24/2013 4:30 a.m.
Charter appeals up to state board The Arkansas State Board of Education will decide next month whether to hear appeals of recent decisions on the establishment of publicly funded, open-enrollment charter schools for the 2014-15 school year.
posted: 11/23/2013 4:48 a.m.
U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. granted preliminary approval Friday to a tentative settlement that would end state desegregation aid to the three Pulaski County school districts in 2018.
posted: 11/22/2013 4:46 a.m.
Parties in the 30-year-old Pulaski County school-desegregation lawsuit Thursday filed in federal court a motion seeking initial approval of a proposed settlement that would end by 2018 the state’s obligation to pay millions of dollars in desegregation aid.
posted: 11/22/2013 4:45 a.m.
The North Little Rock School Board gave final approval Thursday to 1.5 percent pay raises for every teacher and support-service employee, the same day that teacher representatives in the Pulaski County Special School District approved proposed $1,250 bonuses for employees in that system.
posted: 11/21/2013 4:42 a.m.
Representatives of the Little Rock School District and the union for school system employees are taking their dispute over pay raises to fact-finding, leaders of the organizations said Wednesday.
posted: 11/20/2013 5:22 a.m.
A federal judge will decide as soon as Friday whether to give preliminary approval to a tentative settlement that is intended to end the 30-year-old Pulaski County school-desegregation case.
posted: 11/19/2013 4:47 a.m.
John Walker, the lead attorney for black students known as the Joshua intervenors, late Monday signed a tentative settlement with the state and other parties to close out the 30-year-old Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit.
posted: 11/16/2013 5:11 a.m.
Arkansas lawmakers on Friday authorized Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to submit to the U.S. District Court what he called a “great deal” for phasing out millions of dollars in state desegregation-aid payments to the three Pulaski County school districts.
posted: 11/15/2013 5:06 a.m.
Attorneys for the three Pulaski County school districts and the state tentatively agreed Thursday to make 2017-2018 the final year in which the school systems will receive state desegregation-aid payments.
posted: 11/14/2013 5:38 a.m.
An Arkansas Department of Education panel approved on Wednesday the Exalt Academy of Southwest Little Rock charter school for opening next year but denied two other school plans proposed for North Little Rock and Springdale.
posted: 11/13/2013 4:47 a.m.
Little Rock Education Association union members on Tuesday rejected the Little Rock School District’s salary and benefits offer for the 2013-14 school year and cast a vote of “no confidence” in district Superintendent Dexter Suggs.
posted: 11/13/2013 4:41 a.m.
Attorneys for parties in the Pulaski County school-desegregation lawsuit continued Tuesday working on a possible agreement to end the state’s obligations to fund desegregation efforts in the county and close out the 30-year-old case.
posted: 11/12/2013 4:28 a.m.
Members of the employee union that represents Little Rock School District teachers and support staff members will meet tonight to vote on a proposed 1.5 percent salary increase with no change in district contributions to employee health-insurance premiums.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:39 a.m.
The state and the Pulaski County school districts were at least $131 million apart at the end of last week’s efforts to negotiate an end to a 30-year-old federal school desegregation lawsuit.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:17 a.m.
Robotics team going to Macy’s parade Arkansans can look for Mountain Home High School students and their 12-volt, 150-pound confetti-spitting robot at the head of this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
posted: 11/08/2013 12:38 a.m.
Reading and math scores earned by Arkansas fourth-graders and the math score earned by eighth-graders on a 2013 national exam are no better statistically than scores earned in 2011, according to results released Thursday.
posted: 11/08/2013 12:03 a.m.
Obligations by the state to provide millions of dollars in desegregation aid to the Pulaski County school districts would end after June 30, 2020, according to the terms of a proposal in the ongoing negotiations to end the state payments.
posted: 11/07/2013 4:38 a.m.
A Little Rock School District attorney, in consultation with other parties, drafted an offer Wednesday to settle a 30-year-old school-desegregation lawsuit that calls for the state to pay desegregation aid to the Pulaski County districts for five more years.
posted: 11/06/2013 12:48 a.m.
The number of Arkansas schools categorized by the state as needing improvement rose to nearly 800 this year, an increase of about 200 since last year, according to the state Department of Education’s annual accountability report released Tuesday.
posted: 11/05/2013 12:46 a.m.
The Arkansas Department of Education is balking at federal requirements for renewing the state’s waiver of the No Child Left Behind Act, which calls for virtually all students to achieve at grade level in literacy and math by the end of this school year.
posted: 11/05/2013 12:16 a.m.
The superintendent of the state-controlled Pulaski County Special School District proposed a $220 million school-facilities plan Monday to make the 18,000-student district “a premier” system in the state.
posted: 11/03/2013 3:32 a.m.
Walker visit draws rebuke from Suggs State Rep. John Walker’s visit to the Little Rock School District’s administrative offices last week prompted a strongly worded letter from Superintendent Dexter Suggs in which he told the civil-rights attorney to make an appointment before future visits.
posted: 11/02/2013 3:51 a.m.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Friday asked attorneys for other parties in the Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit to make a counteroffer to his earlier proposal for ending the state’s obligations in the 30-year-old case.
posted: 10/31/2013 4:46 a.m.
A federal judge said Wednesday that he will privately review state documents that are at the center of a discovery dispute between the state and the Little Rock School District in their preparation for a Dec. 9 desegregation-case court hearing.
posted: 10/30/2013 4:40 a.m.
North Little Rock School Board members on Tuesday balked at a state proposal to end annual desegregation aid to the district in 2014 with a final, reduced payment of about $5.7 million.
posted: 10/29/2013 5:35 a.m.
A federal appeals court said Monday that it will not delay a December trial in a lower court on the state’s request to be released from a 1989 agreement in the Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit.
posted: 10/27/2013 5:17 a.m.
Recommendations for transforming Little Rock’s Forest Heights Middle School and Geyer Springs Elementary School into campuses with unique-to-the-district academic programs and grade structures are beginning to crystallize.
posted: 10/27/2013 4:38 a.m.
District report set for Tuesday airing The Pulaski County Special School District will share its state-required annual report with the public at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s administrative office building, 925 E. Dixon Road.
posted: 10/25/2013 5:20 a.m.
The Little Rock School District will take a more personal approach to its efforts to reach a settlement with the state of Arkansas over desegregation aid, the district’s School Board decided Thursday.
posted: 10/25/2013 12:34 a.m.
The Little Rock School Board on Thursday granted one long-standing request from residents in the northwest part of the city but demurred on another.
posted: 10/22/2013 5:01 a.m.
Runoff results OK’d for LR’s Zone 6 spot The Pulaski County Election Commission has certified the results for the Oct. 8 runoff for the Zone 6 position on the Little Rock School Board.
posted: 10/20/2013 4:31 a.m.
The Little Rock School District’s recent move to post on its website the information requests it receives from the public is getting a mixed reaction.
posted: 10/19/2013 3:55 a.m.
Representatives of the Little Rock School District and the Little Rock Education Association employees’ union declared an impasse Friday in their negotiations about employee salaries and benefits for the current school year.
posted: 10/19/2013 3:46 a.m.
The president and chief executive officer of Mount St. Mary Academy, a Catholic all-girls high school in Little Rock, declined Friday to respond directly to a report from a national organization that a teacher at the school was being forced to resign or be fired for marrying her same-sex partner.
posted: 10/18/2013 12:29 a.m.
The state is willing to pay $69.8 million in regularly scheduled desegregation aid to the three Pulaski County school districts this school year and a final $49.3 million more between January and September 2014 to end the state’s role in a 30-year-old federal school-desegregation lawsuit.
posted: 10/17/2013 4:43 a.m.
The Little Rock School Board on Wednesday voted 4-0 to oppose plans for a proposed southwest Little Rock charter school, which will be considered later this year by state Department of Education staff for opening in the 2014-15 school year.
posted: 10/16/2013 12:04 a.m.
The Little Rock School District, the plaintiff in a 30-year-old federal lawsuit against the state, has offered to drop its fight against open-enrollment charter schools in Pulaski County and agree to release the state from the terms of a 1989 agreement in return for seven more years of state desegregation aid.
posted: 10/13/2013 5:14 a.m.
Just two of Arkansas’ 15 most-populous cities lack their own public school districts, both of which are in the Pulaski County Special School District.
posted: 10/13/2013 4:59 a.m.
LR school chief’s forum is Monday Dexter Suggs, superintendent of the Little Rock School District, is hosting a town-hall meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, 3805 W. 12th St.
posted: 10/11/2013 12:08 a.m.
Little Rock Catholic High School will receive nearly $10 million for its ongoing capital-improvement campaign from the owners of two NFL teams and an anonymous donor — all of whom have strong ties to the all-boys school.
posted: 10/10/2013 4:42 a.m.
The KIPP Delta Public Schools charter system that has its headquarters in Helena-West Helena is in the midst of raising $1.3 million to build a kindergarten wing, offices and a playground at an elementary school campus.
posted: 10/09/2013 4:58 a.m.
Tara Shephard will be the new Little Rock School Board member from Zone 6 after her win over Florene Armstrong in Tuesday’s runoff election to represent the south-central part of the city.
posted: 10/06/2013 5:47 a.m.
Florene Armstrong and Tara Shephard, who both grew up attending Little Rock School District schools, are vying for the district’s Zone 6 School Board seat in Tuesday’s runoff election.
posted: 10/06/2013 5:44 a.m.
NLR district moves to acquire property The North Little Rock School District took steps on Friday to acquire — through condemnation and eminent domain — a piece of property at 23rd and Main streets, across from the soon-to-beexpanded North Little Rock High School campus.
posted: 09/29/2013 4:54 a.m.
Little Rock School Board candidates Florene Armstrong and Tara Shephard are headed into the Oct. 8 runoff election for the Zone 6 seat with strong convictions about the knowledge and talents they can add to the seven-member board for the 25,000-student district.