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Sub-350 enrollment waiver OK'd

updated: 03/06/2015 3:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate on Thursday sent the governor a bill to allow the state Board of Education to grant waivers to school districts with fewer than 350 students to avoid consolidation with other districts under certain circumstances.

LR school-audit bill clears panel

posted: 03/06/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

The state's Division of Legislative Audit would be authorized to hire two auditors to conduct an audit of the Little Rock School District under legislation that cleared a committee Thursday.

Panel OKs trims, new requirements for lottery scholars

updated: 03/05/2015 3:59 a.m. Discuss

Legislation that would trim the size of the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship for future recipients in their first year of college and change the eligibility requirements advanced Wednesday through the Senate Education Committee.

Senate OKs contingent ban on a state exchange

updated: 03/05/2015 3:39 a.m. Comments 2

The state Senate Wednesday passed a bill barring the creation of a state-run health insurance exchange in Arkansas until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a legal challenge to health insurance subsidies on federally run exchanges.

Senate passes school district bill

updated: 03/04/2015 3:54 a.m. Discuss

The state Senate on Tuesday sent to the governor legislation that would make it easier for a community to carve out a new school district from an existing one.

State revenue tumbles on income-tax decline

posted: 03/04/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

State general revenue in February dipped by $6.6 million over a year ago to $420.7 million as individual income-tax collections slipped in the month.

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.

16 legislators named to task force charged with charting state Medicaid's future

posted: 03/03/2015 3:08 a.m. Discuss

House and Senate leaders Monday released the names of the 16 lawmakers serving on a task force to study changes throughout the state's Medicaid program, including the private option.

Guns on campuses bill passes in House

updated: 03/02/2015 11:17 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House sent legislation to the Senate on Monday that would require public universities and colleges to allow staff members with concealed-handgun permits to carry firearms on campus.

State payments to legislators up

updated: 02/28/2015 7:28 p.m. Comments 3

The state's payments to state lawmakers for per diem, mileage, travel and office expenses increased by $190,000, or 5 percent, in 2014 over 2012.


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