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Cynthia Howell

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Speaker advises U.S. emphasis on science, math

posted: 10/01/2014 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Too many students in America's schools are disengaged, uninspired and headed for dead-end jobs, while higher-paying jobs in science, math and technology fields go unfilled, the chief executive of an organization that promotes science and math education said Tuesday.

Episcopal school picks new leader

posted: 09/30/2014 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Christopher Tompkins of East Greenville, Pa., will become the head of school for Episcopal Collegiate School, effective July 1, leaders of the Little Rock campus announced Monday.

LR schools hosting forums on facilities

posted: 09/30/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock School District is hosting public forums at two high schools this week on the districtwide facility recommendations recently prepared by a consulting team headed by Fanning-Howey architects and engineers of Indianapolis.

Education notebook

posted: 09/28/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

13 seniors chosen as semifinalists Thirteen Arkansas high school seniors are among 1,600 students nationally to be selected as semifinalists in the 51st annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, which honors academically outstanding black students.

Board approves 2014-15 budget for LR schools

posted: 09/27/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock School Board very late Thursday night unanimously approved a budget for this 2014-15 school year that anticipates total revenue -- including federal funds -- of almost $319 million, total expenditures of $320.6 million and an ending fund balance, or reserves, of $34.1 million.

Panel certifies votes in school elections

posted: 09/27/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

The Pulaski County Election Commission on Friday certified the results of the Sept. 16 annual school board elections and the vote on carving a Jacksonville/North Pulaski school system out of the Pulaski County Special School District.

LR school chief gets raise, longer contract

posted: 09/26/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock School Board voted 4-3 late Thursday night to give Superintendent Dexter Suggs a 1 percent pay increase and extend his contract by one year, making it a three-year contract that will expire June 30, 2017.

Education notebook

posted: 09/21/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Bid to end test-prep30 minutes rejected

Jacksonville-area voters go 94.5% for new district

posted: 09/17/2014 4:53 a.m. Discuss

Nearly 95 percent of Jacksonville and north Pulaski County voters in Tuesday's election said they favored the formation of a new Jacksonville-area school district to be carved out of the existing Pulaski County Special School District.

State narrows top teachers list to 4

posted: 09/17/2014 3:54 a.m. Discuss

The two English and two math teachers who were named finalists Tuesday for the 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year award have worked in the classroom between 13 and 36 years in districts that stretch from the eastern and western borders of the state.

Voters to decide school matters

posted: 09/16/2014 3:42 a.m. Discuss

Today is school election day in most of the state's 236 school districts, including in the Pulaski County Special School District, where Jacksonville-area voters will decide whether to establish their own 4,000-student system.

Volunteer tutors sought for kids' reading program

posted: 09/16/2014 3:39 a.m. Discuss

AR Kids Read, a literacy intervention program for elementary school pupils, is recruiting adult volunteers to spend one hour a week for 10 weeks helping Pulaski County area public school children hone their reading skills.

Decision on Jacksonville-area school district near

posted: 09/14/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

The move to carve a new Jacksonville/North Pulaski school system out of an existing larger district is being watched by civic leaders from elsewhere who think they would like to do something similar.

Buildings, budgets top LR races' issues

posted: 09/14/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

Buildings and budgets will demand a greater share of the Little Rock School Board's attention as the state's largest district plans for the loss of state desegregation aid while working to build and renovate school campuses.

Vote to settle 2 races in NLR district

posted: 09/14/2014 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Tuesday's School Board election in North Little Rock features two contested races.

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