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Education Notebook

by Cynthia Howell | May 3, 2020 at 3:14 a.m.

80 teachers told

job loss imminent

A total of 80 state-licensed teachers at four Little Rock School District schools that are being closed or reconfigured received notice last week that they are on track to lose district employment in the coming 2020-21 school year, Superintendent Mike Poore said.

The 80 is out of a total of 234 teachers at J.A. Fair, McClellan and Hall high schools and at Rockefeller Elementary. Fair and McClellan are being closed and replaced by the new Southwest High. Hall is being converted into a magnet school, and Rockefeller will become a pre-kindergarten center.

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Of the 80 who were sent nonrenewal notices, 35 took no action to find other jobs in the Little Rock district, Poore said. Those who received the district notices -- by email and certified letters -- can continue to pursue jobs elsewhere in the district, Poore said.

April 30 was the deadline for a district to notify an employee of a change in the terms of a contract for the coming year. Otherwise the current contract is automatically renewed.

Market game won

by Pinnacle View

Pinnacle View Middle School of the Little Rock School District is the state winner of the Stock Market Game program, an investment simulation competition facilitated every year by Economics Arkansas.

In all, student teams from 25 Arkansas schools and school districts received honors in the program during the spring 2020 and yearlong 2019-20 sessions.

Pinnacle View teams, under the direction of advisory Graham Goodloe, won first and second place in their region and division at both the spring and yearlong competitions, with the first-place winners increasing their portfolios to $178,534.04 and $208,029.73, respectively, reflecting returns of more than 78% and more than 108%. Goodloe also won the spring overall adviser and teacher divisions, and the yearlong adviser division.

Museum, UAMS

join lessons push

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' School Telemedicine have joined ongoing efforts by Arkansas PBS public television network and state education leaders to provide lessons to homebound Arkansas students.

Crystal Bridges has provided a collection of short videos about artists who have been featured at the Bentonville museum. Each video is about 2 minutes and focuses on the artist's collection.

The UAMS STAR program is providing physical education breaks.

The public television network, and the Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education have been providing educational programming on the network and support materials during much of the time the state's public school buildings have been closed to in-person instruction. That's the result of efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Arkansas Alternative Methods of Instruction programming features five Arkansas Teachers of the Year hosting program segments. The daily schedule blocks are:

• 8-9:30 a.m.: prekindergarten through grade two.

• 9:30-11 a.m.: Grades three through five.

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Grades six through eight.

The current "Arkansas AMI" broadcast model will continue through May 22.

Viewers can watch "Arkansas AMI" on the following platforms:

• Daily broadcast on ARPBS-1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May 22. Additional information, including content by grade and related resources, is available at

• Livestream at

• On demand by 10 a.m. each day, and archived, at These videos will remain available for the entirety of school closures stemming from the coronavirus, and longer as online rights allow.

• On the free Engage Arkansas PBS app for iPhone and Android.

• On the PBS Video app on mobile and streaming devices (Apple TV, Roku, etc.).

• On the Arkansas PBS channel for YouTube TV subscribers.

City Year LR offers

tutoring sessions

City Year Little Rock is offering virtual tutoring sessions for all Little Rock School District students.

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Now through the end of the school year, school system students can sign up online for help with their virtual school work.

City Year AmeriCorps members will answer questions and offer tutoring through a digital platform.

Help is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students can sign up by clicking on the "homework help" link found on the district's AMI FAQ page or going to this direct link:

City Year Little Rock has been serving Central Arkansas for 15 years. This year, there are 45 City Year Little Rock AmeriCorps members.

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