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Transition seamless; school went online for one day
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Sep 16, 7:17 AM: The transition from in-persons to online school for students at the Pea Ridge Middle School was seamless last week when a positive case of covid-19 was confirmed in the Pea Ridge Middle School Tuesday, according to school officials, >
Small districts looking at virtual charters as lifeline
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Sep 14, 6:30 AM: Henry Anderson, the Marvell-Elaine School District superintendent, said he worries that if parents are unhappy with the Marvell-Elaine's online learning performance, the district could lose even more students.
Internet access a state education test
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Sep 14, 6:26 AM: Online education needs three primary pieces of technology to work: the device at home, its connection to the internet and the computer program that delivers lessons and homework assignments from student to teacher and vice >
2 charters get OK of Board of Education
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Sep 11, 7:10 AM: The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday gave final approval to applications for two new open-enrollment charter schools -- one in Springdale and the other in North Little Rock.
Education groups call for scrapping Arkansas’s school voucher program
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Sep 4, 5:48 AM: Consistent with national data demonstrating the ineffectiveness of private school vouchers to improve academic outcomes, the recently released biennial report on Succeed Vouchers (the “2020 Report”) reveals several troubling >
Opinion: School choice should be available to all
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Aug 31, 5:28 AM: Arkansas students are back to school, ready to tackle a new year. As part of a comprehensive education, I believe parents should have the right to choose the school that's best suited for their child, regardless of their ZIP >
State and KIPP charter school at odds on virtual opening.
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Aug 25, 6:56 AM: Other school districts, Little Rock included, wanted to open virtually for health concerns, but were denied. A charter school announced it was getting special treatment.
Panel endorses proposed North Little Rock charter school, enrollment-cap expansion in Van Buren
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Aug 20, 7:24 AM: The proposed Westwind School for Performing Arts, to serve up to 150 sixth through eighth graders in North Little Rock near Maumelle, won approval Wednesday from the state's Charter Authorizing Panel.
LRSD's teachers, state at impasse
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Aug 18, 7:18 AM: A standoff that began Friday night continued into Monday between Little Rock School District teachers and the leaders of the state controlled-school system -- just a week before the 2020-21 school year is to start in the >
Pandemic presents opening to expand school vouchers; no decision today
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Aug 18, 5:16 AM: The governor’s steering committee on spending federal CARES Act money has a request today from Sen. Bart Hester on behalf of the Reform Alliance, a school “choice” lobby funded by the Walton Family Foundation.
Schools OK'd to raise caps on enrollment
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Aug 14, 6:17 AM: The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday approved amendments to the charters of four open-enrollment and conversion charter schools, including the addition of a kindergarten-through-12th grade Northwest Classical Academy campus >
More Arkansas Parents Opting To Keep Kids Out Of Schools During The Pandemic
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Aug 13, 7:06 AM: With Gov. Asa Hutchinson mandating the reopening of brick and mortar public schools in Arkansas for in-person instruction during the week of August 24, some parents are looking at other options, like homeschooling, or one of the >
AR online school gains popularity during COVID-19
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Aug 12, 7:18 AM: In the fall, 2,400 students are expected to be enrolled at Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). It’s a tuition-free, K-12, online, public school and all teachers are certified in Arkansas. ARCA is accredited by the Southern >
Union: Delay on-site classes
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Aug 11, 7:38 AM: Carol Fleming, president of the Arkansas Education Association -- the state's largest teachers union -- told a legislative education caucus Monday that it is unsafe for schools to resume on-campus instruction until the state is >
Arkansas schools will be required to have on-campus learning activities five days a week
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Aug 6, 6:13 AM: State officials made clear on Wednesday that they expect all Arkansas public school districts to have “minimum, relevant and engaging” onsite learning opportunities each day of the five-day school week despite the COVID-19 >
Judge focuses on achievement gap
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Jul 17, 8:07 AM: A federal judge responsible for deciding whether the Pulaski County Special School District is entitled to be released from court monitoring of its desegregation efforts asked on Thursday how much weight he should give to the >
Return to school presents thorny issues this year
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Jul 9, 6:03 AM: The covid-19 pandemic is prompting some open-enrollment and district-run charter schools -- ones that feature online instruction -- to ask for state permission to raise their student enrollment caps.
Northwest Arkansas parents weighing virtual school option for kids
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Jul 6, 5:52 AM: A stay-at-home mom, Killebrew worries about sending her daughter to school amid a pandemic, but also has concerns about remote learning, particularly how she'll manage Audrey's education while caring for two younger >
Arkansas Virtual Academy helping teachers transition to online learning
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Jul 2, 7:23 AM: As we inch closer to a new school year, many districts are making it possible for families to choose online learning instead of in-class discussion. Arkansas Virtual Academy is a public charter school that has been teaching via >
Arkansas schools plan for complete virtual learning options this fall
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Jul 1, 5:48 AM: School officials are planning for the upcoming school year using guidance from the Arkansas Department of Education. The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and Arts and the Lake Hamilton School District have announced >

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