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Cynthia Howell

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Education notebook

posted: 08/28/2016 2:34 a.m. Discuss

ACT scores down 1.9 points in NLR ACT college entrance exam results from Pulaski County area school districts and charter schools continue to arrive after the publication in Wednesday's newspaper of the 2016 national, state and some local scores.

11 file to run for county district's board

posted: 08/27/2016 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Eleven people have filed as of Friday for election to the School Board for the Pulaski County Special School District, which has been operating under state control and without a locally elected board since 2011.

Revised schools system new aim

posted: 08/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas education leaders Thursday announced a multifaceted plan for involving the public in redesigning the state's system of holding schools and school districts responsible for student success.

State students slip in ACT composite; only 20% reach college benchmarks

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' high school class of 2016 took the ACT college-entrance exam in record numbers but earned a composite score of 20.2, which fell below the 20.4 score earned by the previous classes of 2014 and 2015.

Education notebook

posted: 08/23/2016 2:56 a.m. Discuss

After win in court, district seeks fees

On 2 school boards in Arkansas, all seats open

posted: 08/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

For the first time since September 2010, school board elections will be held this year in the Pulaski County Special and the Helena-West Helena school districts.

Charter panel rejects Paron school's return

posted: 08/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A panel of top-level staff members at the Arkansas Department of Education on Thursday denied approval for a proposed open-enrollment charter school in Paron in a school building formerly operated by the Bryant School District.

Update state on pupil transfers, U.S. judge asked

posted: 08/19/2016 2:35 a.m. Discuss

El Dorado School District attorneys want a federal judge to verify for state education leaders that Arkansas School Choice Act student transfers will put the district in violation of its 45-year-old desegregation order.

Charter panel says no to 2 schools in state

posted: 08/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas Department of Education charter school panel on Wednesday rejected applications for charter schools that were proposed for opening in 2017-18 in Farmington and in Lockesburg.

Desegregation lawyers to get $1.4M in deal

posted: 08/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 9

Attorneys in a long-running school desegregation lawsuit asked a federal judge Monday to approve a negotiated $1.4 million payment for legal work done on behalf of the Joshua intervenors, who represent black families in the case.

New schools, new goals to mark districts' 2016-17

updated: 08/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Monday is the first day of the 2016-17 school year for students in most, if not all, of Arkansas' 235 traditional school districts and for many open-enrollment charter schools.

State board lets students transfer

posted: 08/12/2016 5:35 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday granted interdistrict student transfers upon appeals from four Jefferson County families whose earlier requests to attend school in the White Hall School District were denied.

Education notebook

posted: 08/12/2016 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Computer-courses standards get OK The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday approved standards for computer-science education and new high school courses based on those standards for implementation in schools no later than 2017-18.

Little Rock teachers OK shorter year, benefit cut

posted: 08/10/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A tentative agreement between the Little Rock School District and its employee union that will reduce the teacher work year and pay by two days for the 2016-17 school year is on its way to Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key.

LR superintendent upbeat in month 2

posted: 08/10/2016 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Michael Poore, superintendent of the Little Rock School District since July 1, reported Monday on what he has learned from his ongoing efforts to get to know the city through daily phone calls, community meetings and neighborhood walks.




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