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Hutchinson nominates Key for education commissioner

updated: 03/02/2015 10:59 p.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday submitted the name of former Sen. Johnny Key as his choice for the job of state education commissioner, overseeing the state's 237 school districts and 18 charter school systems that together serve more than 460,000 students.

6 picked as LR district's advisers

posted: 02/28/2015 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Baker Kurrus, named by the state earlier this month to head a Little Rock School District budget evaluation committee, on Friday announced his selection of fellow committee members, including City Manager Bruce Moore and Central Arkansas Library System Director Bobby Roberts.

Email told legislators of LR schools takeover

posted: 02/27/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Education notified key legislators by email of the state Board of Education's Jan. 28 decision to take over the Little Rock School District the day after the vote in an effort to follow state law requiring that notice.

Education notebook

posted: 02/22/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Border extension examined in NLR The North Little Rock School Board questioned last week whether a recently initiated state study of Pulaski County school district boundaries will result in expanding North Little Rock district boundary lines to the city limits and beyond.

3 on voided board for LR schools sue state over takeover

posted: 02/21/2015 3:59 a.m. Comments 3

Three members of the recently disbanded Little Rock School Board sued Arkansas Education Commissioner Tony Wood and the state Board of Education on Friday to undo the state's immediate takeover of the Little Rock School District.

88 put names in for service on LR district advisory panel

posted: 02/21/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Eighty-eight people applied by Friday's deadline to become part of the Little Rock School District's new Civic Advisory Committee that will monitor the district's progress toward achieving release from state control.

Panel backs renewal of 3 charter schools

posted: 02/19/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

The state's Charter Authorizing Panel on Wednesday endorsed the renewal of three of the state's independently run, open-enrollment charter schools, including two of the oldest in the state.

Rogers arts school denied 20-year extension

posted: 02/19/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

The state's Charter Authorizing Panel on Wednesday approved a three-year renewal of the charter for the Arkansas Arts Academy in Rogers despite concerns about the low math achievement among its kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

Kurrus will head panel on LR schools' finances

posted: 02/18/2015 3:47 a.m. Comments 3

Arkansas Education Commissioner Tony Wood announced Tuesday his selection of Little Rock attorney and businessman H. Baker Kurrus to lead a committee that will evaluate and make recommendations on Little Rock School District finances.

Education notebook

posted: 02/18/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Time left to apply for district's top job

County district's leaders propose 5.6 mills for school buildings

posted: 02/17/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Special School District leaders are recommending a 5.6-mill tax increase for school construction and renovation.

Pulaski County district's leaders propose 5.6 mills for school buildings

posted: 02/17/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- Pulaski County Special School District leaders are recommending a 5.6-mill tax increase for school construction and renovation.

In plan, Jacksonville students, staff relocate

posted: 02/14/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

More than 600 students and staff members at Jacksonville Middle School will be relocated to the Northwood Middle School campus for the 2015-16 school year if a plan for discontinuing the use of the Jacksonville campus is acceptable to parents and Pulaski County Special School District leaders.

Districts, 6 schools off list of distressed

updated: 02/13/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

The Lee County and Strong-Huttig school districts are no longer labeled by the state as "academically distressed," clearing the way for the release of the Lee County district from state control.

No course set yet for LR district, state says

posted: 02/13/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Education Department leaders reported Thursday that there is no plan yet for improving the Little Rock School District's academically troubled schools.

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