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Panel on charter schools OKs 3 sponsored by districts

posted: 11/20/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The state's Charter Authorizing Panel on Thursday approved three school district-sponsored charter schools, each intending to add value to high school diplomas by expanding their students' opportunities for earning college credit and industry certificates.

Panel favors plans for 2 charter schools

posted: 11/19/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The state's Charter Authorizing Panel on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to plans for two school district-sponsored conversion charter schools, including one in Fayetteville that would feature online instruction plus field trips and experiences tailored to student interests.

Charter panel backs online, farm schools

posted: 11/18/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas Department of Education panel on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to what is on track to become the state's second virtual academy and to a school with an agricultural-science theme.

LISA system pulls bid to open new school, merge 2

posted: 11/17/2015 4:45 a.m. Discuss

The LISA Academy charter school system has temporarily withdrawn its application to open a new elementary school in west Little Rock and combine its two high schools into one Little Rock campus.

Education notebook

posted: 11/15/2015 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Kurrus: Decision on middle school nears Little Rock Superintendent Baker Kurrus told a Roberts Elementary School PTA crowd Thursday that he anticipates knowing "in a matter of weeks and not months" whether the district will convert the former Leisure Arts property on Cantrell Road into a new "world-class" middle school.

ESTEM altering expansion timeline

posted: 11/14/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

The leader of the eSTEM Public Charter Schools system Friday asked to temporarily withdraw from state consideration an application for a multicampus expansion.

Test finds state students lag

posted: 11/13/2015 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

Two out of three Arkansas pupils who took state-mandated exams in English/language arts last spring and three out of four math test-takers will require remediation after falling short of academic standards for their grade levels, state Department of Education leaders said Thursday.

Education notebook

posted: 11/13/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

School in Fort Smith gets board approval The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday accepted the state Charter Authorizing Panel’s earlier approval of an application for the Future School of Fort Smith, an open-enrollment charter school for up to 450 students in grades 10-12.

Data of teachers on Web in error

posted: 11/12/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Pulaski County Special School District notified its faculty Wednesday that a list of all district teachers and their Social Security numbers was mistakenly posted on the district's website for 22 hours, beginning Tuesday and going into Wednesday.

Education notebook

posted: 11/12/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

3 state students competing in NYC A team of three students from the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs will compete this week in the New York University Cyber Security Awareness Week games.

Little Rock school touts spot on state's 'A' list

posted: 11/09/2015 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The staff at Little Rock School District's Terry Elementary -- a one-story building sprawled out on the corner of Shackleford and Mara Lynn roads -- has known for a couple of years that its pupils were making gains on state math and literacy exams.

Waltons donating $50M to Teach For America

posted: 11/05/2015 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The Teach For America program serving the Arkansas and Mississippi River Delta region will receive $4,757,500 over three years from the Walton Family Foundation as part of the foundation's $50 million grant to the national teacher recruitment and training program.

Close schools to cut excess, LRSD chief says

posted: 11/04/2015 5:45 a.m. Comments 19

Superintendent Baker Kurrus said Tuesday that the Little Rock School District can't sustain its more than two dozen small elementary schools while trying to cut at least $40 million from its annual operating budget.

Jacksonville board OKs school site, 7.6-mill vote

posted: 11/03/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Jacksonville/North Pulaski School Board on Monday voted unanimously to build a new high school on downtown property that is home to the vacant Jacksonville Middle School.

Education notebook

posted: 11/01/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Tax vote on agenda of new School Board The Jacksonville/North Pulaski School Board is scheduled to decide at its 6:30 p.m. Monday meeting whether to ask voters for a 7.6-mill property-tax increase at a possible special election Feb. 9.



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