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Black women's roles at NASA talk's focus; their dreams universal, author notes in Little Rock speech

posted: 03/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of Hidden Figures, a book about black women mathematicians in America's 20th-century space race, said Thursday that the women she chronicled fought to dismantle race and gender barriers.

Education notebook

posted: 03/18/2017 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Spare unused-leave pay, NLR chief says

Panel gives Little Rock charter school April deadline to make fixes

posted: 03/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Rockbridge Montessori School, a 2-year-old taxpayer-supported charter school in Little Rock, has until the middle of April to show management improvements that are necessary if the school is to avoid closure.

Trial probable in Arkansas school suit, judge advised

posted: 03/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

An attorney for black students in a long-running Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit predicted Tuesday that a trial will be necessary to resolve staffing and facility disputes with the new Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District.

Area school co-op pushed by panelist

posted: 03/14/2017 2:38 a.m. Discuss

A state committee formed last year to find ways in which traditional schools and charter schools in Little Rock might cooperate spent time Monday "pingponging" ideas as members begin a push to finalize their recommendations.

Education notebook

posted: 03/13/2017 2:48 a.m. Discuss

School chief’s case taken to state board

Arkansas Board of Education labels 17 distressed

posted: 03/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Two school systems and 15 schools -- including three each in Little Rock and Forrest City -- will keep their state-applied "academic distress" labels for another year, the Arkansas Board of Education decided Thursday.

Groups inform state of desire to operate 16 new charter schools

posted: 03/09/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Thirteen organizations have notified the Arkansas Department of Education that they intend to apply to operate 16 new open-enrollment charter schools -- including six in Greater Little Rock and four in Pine Bluff -- beginning in 2018-19.

Hutchinson lauds state's school-breakfast efforts

posted: 03/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

More than 500 Arkansas public schools -- nearly half of the 1,088 schools in the state -- participate in Breakfast After the Bell programs that provide students with a morning meal as part of the school day.

Education notebook

posted: 03/04/2017 2:43 a.m. Discuss

2 candidates vie to head up union

'Proven' school actions pushed

posted: 03/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Arkansas' limited resources must be directed to well-researched, proven measures to raise student achievement and not be diverted to more "divisive" plans dealing with school choice and tax money to private schools, leaders of public education groups said Wednesday.

Plans sought for re-use of 2 elementary schools

posted: 03/01/2017 3:37 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock School District on Tuesday announced it is seeking proposals for the use of two campuses -- Franklin Elementary and Woodruff Early Childhood Center -- that will no longer house district pupils after this school year.

Education notebook

posted: 02/28/2017 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Students at Beebe in national contest

Arkansas schools briefed on gain, loss of federal grants

updated: 02/26/2017 3:43 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Department of Education has released estimated federal grant amounts for school districts in 2017-18 that reflect funding formula changes in a new federal law and the population shifts within the state.

Tax vote sought, Little Rock district issues wish list

posted: 02/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Little Rock School District released details Thursday about a planned multimillion-dollar capital improvement program that hinges on voter approval of a property-tax extension at a special election proposed for May 9.

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