- Return to school presents thorny issues this year
- 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
- > 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
- > 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
- > 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
- Arkansas schools consider options for virtual learning
- Jun 23, 5:40 AM: Some Arkansas school districts are finalizing virtual learning options for students in kindergarten through 12th grades because officials are uncertain if schools can safely operate on a traditional schedule amid the pandemic.
- Virtual academy plans moving forward
- > Jun 17, 6:17 AM: The proposed virtual academy will not take the place of traditional school but would instead offer an additional avenue to serve students, according to Superintendent Jody Wiggins. Classes will be 100 percent online and would be
- School district considers virtual academy
- Jun 9, 6:29 AM: Siloam Springs School District is considering starting virtual academy in August that would give students a home-based school option.
- Editorial: This is cherry-picking?
- > Jun 8, 7:49 AM: How anybody, especially educators, especially politicians in the most challenged of communities, can be against minority kids getting a better education is simply beyond us. Speaking of weak arguments, they often point to charter
- State tells schools to prepare blend of in-person, online education
- > Jun 5, 6:11 AM: The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education on Thursday directed Arkansas school districts to prepare an education program for the coming school year that relies on face-to-face and online instruction with the
- Applications for 6 charter schools filed
- Jun 3, 6:53 AM: Five organizations have submitted applications to the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education for charters that, if approved, would establish six new charter schools, beginning in the 2021-22 school year.
- 2021 school year will be unlike any other (CER in the news)
- Jun 1, 9:04 AM: Arkansas schoolteachers and students remain uncertain if they will return to their classroom this fall the way they did last year, but schools have steadily moved to making sure their students can be educated online.
- Virtual charter school graduates first class
- > Jun 1, 8:12 AM: Arkansas Connections Academy is one of two virtual, open-enrollment charter schools in the state. Both are public and tuition-free. Students learn through a combination of online and offline study and attend virtual classroom
- Schools' charter request advances
- May 26, 7:37 AM: The Arkansas Charter Authorizing Panel last week approved a request to attach Haas Hall Academy-Bentonville, which has its own state-issued charter to operate -- to the charter held by the Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville.
- State backs new charter school
- May 15, 6:47 AM: The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday voted 6-0 to ratify the state Charter Authorizing Panel's approval of a new LISA Academy charter school campus in Northwest Arkansas.
- Poll Shows overwhelming parent support for educators during COVID-19 crisis
- > May 5, 7:39 AM: The first full week of May has been National Teacher Appreciation Week for decades. But this year, with students not in school buildings as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and educators working in new ways to teach from a distance,
- 8 districts propose charter schools in 2021
- > Apr 8, 6:35 AM: Eight Arkansas school districts, including the large Pulaski County Special School District and the smaller Ozark Mountain School District, have notified the state of intent to open nine conversion charter schools starting in
- State notified of plans for 13 charter schools
- Apr 3, 7:40 AM: Eleven individuals or organizations have sent notice to the state that they plan to apply to establish as many as 13 open-enrollment charter schools in the 2021-22 school year.
- At-home lessons bumpy for some
- > Mar 19, 6:57 AM: Arkansas law authorizes school systems to develop alternative instruction lesson plans to be used for up to 10 days a year in the event school campuses must be closed because of inclement weather, utility failures and contagious
- Efforts by Pine Bluff charter school earn reprieve from state
- Mar 13, 8:43 AM: Southeast Arkansas Preparatory High School got a green light and a second wind from the state Board of Education on Thursday when it voted unanimously to keep the struggling school open.