Though dry conditions continue in portions of Arkansas, 17.34 percent of the state was in moderate drought Tuesday, a drop from 22.63 percent a week ago, according to a weekly report released Thursday by the Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the same report, 0.66 percent of the state — in Union County — remained in severe drought, the same as last week, and 48.72 percent of the state was classified as abnormally dry, down from 50.16 percent a week ago.
A federal judge refused Tuesday to delay a December trial to determine whether the state should be released from a desegregation settlement agreement that requires it to pay about $70 million in annual aid to the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts.
The Human Rights Campaign urged Mount St. Mary Academy, a Catholic, all-girls high school in Little Rock, to create a nondiscrimination policy for its employees and to apologize publicly after a teacher at the school said she was forced to resign under threat of termination for marrying her same-sex partner.
Arkansas’ public colleges and universities spent $43.2 million teaching noncredit, remedial classes last year to students who were not prepared for college-level course work, a new report compiled by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education shows.
Private consultants will visit the Texarkana School District on Monday to train employees — from teachers and cafeteria workers to bus drivers and custodians — how to respond if an armed intruder enters one of the 4,300-student district’s 10 schools.
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is trying to help Arkansas Baptist College dig out of a hole that developed when the Little Rock campus’ computer network failed in early September, causing delays in student financial aid, employee payroll, course scheduling and other issues, a spokesman for the state agency said Thursday.
Ouachita Baptist University plans to offer two fully paid spots in every incoming class to graduates of KIPP schools in an effort designed to aid the charter schools’ students — often first-generation college applicants from low-income families — in completing a degree.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson presented a four phase building plan Tuesday that he said would allow for the gradual construction of a proposed technology park on land adjacent to the campus without the use of eminent domain to acquire the property, which is largely residential.