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Cynthia Howell

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Student 'check-in' urged for LR, Pulaski County Special districts

posted: 07/30/2014 4:36 a.m. Comment 1

Preparations for the 2014-15 school year are gearing up across Pulaski County.

Transfer requests due for distressed schools

posted: 07/30/2014 4:33 a.m. Discuss

Today is the deadline for students in 26 schools recently designated by the state as academically distressed to apply for a transfer to attend a higher-performing school for the 2014-15 school year and beyond.

Teachers, principals gear up for new evaluation systems

posted: 07/28/2014 4:34 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas public schools are moving forward with new statewide teacher and administrator evaluation systems in the coming 2014-15 school year, after piloting the systems this past year with at least one teacher and one administrator per school.

Education notebook

posted: 07/27/2014 4:13 a.m. Discuss

State now contains 236 school districts Arkansas is now home to 236 school districts, effective this past July 1.

Little Rock School Districk Notebook

posted: 07/25/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Ex-principal picked to fill new position

Seven apply to open charter schools

posted: 07/23/2014 3:41 a.m. Comment 1

Seven organizations applied to the Arkansas Department of Education to open new, publicly funded charter schools in 2015-16 in places that include Little Rock, Forrest City and Springdale.

State seeks cut in fee request for school suit

posted: 07/22/2014 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

Attorneys for the state are asking a federal judge to dramatically discount the $3.3 million in fees requested by a legal team that represents black students in the 31-year-old Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit.

New NLR elementary school first to open in districtwide overhaul

posted: 07/21/2014 3:55 a.m. Comment 1

For the first time in nearly 45 years, the North Little Rock School District will start this school year with the opening of a newly constructed school -- a new Meadow Park Elementary to replace a building with the same name in the Prothro Junction area of the city.

NLR substitute teacher pay up

posted: 07/18/2014 3:27 a.m. Discuss

The North Little Rock School Board on Thursday approved a more competitive pay schedule for substitute teachers for the coming school year and authorized a change in the company that manages the substitute services on the district's behalf.

Student transfers out of 'distressed' schools have limits

posted: 07/17/2014 5:03 a.m. Comments 18

Last week's Arkansas Board of Education decision designating 26 schools in 15 districts as academically distressed cracks open the door for students assigned to those schools to transfer to other, higher-performing campuses in the coming school year.

Education notebook: Education notebook

posted: 07/13/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Teach For Americato open new office

Foundations propose school partnership

posted: 07/12/2014 3:02 a.m. Comment 1

Two of Arkansas' most prestigious philanthropic foundations want to join the state Department of Education to develop a comprehensive plan for raising public school student achievement, particularly in schools and districts identified as academically distressed.

26 schools given 'distressed' label

posted: 07/11/2014 2:38 a.m. Comments 26

The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday classified 26 schools as academically distressed, the first time it has singled out individual campuses -- rather than entire districts -- for the designation, which carries sanctions.

School boss kept for Lee County

posted: 07/11/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday teetered on the brink of removing the superintendent of the state-controlled Lee County School District but settled for the time being on requiring increased reporting from the 880-student system in Marianna.

Education notebook: Education notebook

posted: 07/06/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

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