- Bill calls for 5-year test run on private school vouchers
- Mar 21, 5:57 AM: Lawmakers late Wednesday filed governor-backed legislation to create a pilot private school voucher program in Pulaski County.
- Hendren sponsors a $3 million school voucher bill
- > Mar 13, 5:31 AM: Private school voucher advocates will try again this year to expand use of public tax money to support private education. The bill was introduced today, with sponsors including the governor's nephew and Senate president pro tem, Jim
- 7 groups to apply for charter schools
- Mar 7, 7:30 AM: Seven organizations notified the Arkansas Department of Education this week that they intend to apply for state-issued charters for schools that would open for the first time in the 2020-21 school year.
- Charter panel backs LISA expansion plan
- Feb 26, 7:33 AM: The Arkansas Charter Authorizing Panel approved the expansion of LISA Academy charter school system into Northwest Arkansas.
- State's AG appealing school case
- > Feb 19, 5:41 AM: Arkansas' legal and education leaders are appealing a federal judge's orders that exempt four south Arkansas school districts from participating in interdistrict student transfers because of their decades-old federal desegregation
- UALR to float idea to ease eStem tensions
- Feb 11, 7:36 AM: University of Arkansas at Little Rock leaders plan to approach eStem Public Charter High School leaders this week with another idea for alleviating lunchtime crowds at the university's student center.
- Opinion: Give families freedom to choose
- > Feb 4, 7:22 AM: Ensuring our children receive a quality education is one of the primary responsibilities of state government. Look at our state's budget: Almost half of all general revenue the state collects funds K-12 education. Despite this
- Tensions boil between eStem Charter, UA Little Rock as schools share campus
- > Jan 30, 8:23 AM: Reality is catching up with ambitious proposal that placed the eStem Charter High School right in the middle of the UA – Little Rock campus. The infusion of 500 teens has caused growing pains. University leaders are calling the
- School district to allow transfer students; state denies bid by Jacksonville
- > Jan 22, 6:00 AM: In the 2019-20 school year, the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District will for the first time open its borders to allow students to transfer in and out of district schools regardless of the district in which the students
- Federal judge overturns state's forced school transfer participation in four districts
- > Jan 18, 7:08 AM: The Hope, Lafayette County, Junction City and Camden Fairview School Districts all have won a federal judge's ruling in favor of their challenge of the state Board of Education's decision to force them to allow interdistrict
- Opinion: Giving Options to Every Arkansas Family
- > Jan 15, 6:08 AM: The Reform Alliance exists to prevent the next generation of Arkansas youths from becoming a statistic, by making sure families know about the many quality educational options available to them. Parents can homeschool their
- School choice likely to be part of legislative agenda
- Jan 10, 6:03 AM: The legislation dealing with school choice will likely be among the bills that lawmakers will decide as the Arkansas General Assembly meets later this month, with a key supporter saying the idea has support.
- School-choice bill could return in Legislature
- > Jan 2, 5:37 AM: Arkansas lawmakers in the coming legislative session will consider pay raises for low-earning teachers, changes to the state's education funding formula and whether journalism should be a mandatory course offering in high
- Opinion: For better schools
- Dec 28, 6:45 AM: A new legislative session and Gov. Asa Hutchinson's second term offer opportunities to pass policies which over the long term could make our public schools among America's best.
- State Board approves waiver of Teacher Fair Dismissal law in the LRSD, denies most other proposals
- > Dec 21, 7:09 AM: The State Board of Education voted to waive the Teacher Fair Dismissal law for all Little Rock School District employees after a marathon meeting, which was filled with impassioned pleas from teachers and community members to the
- Panel votes not to renew PB academy charter
- > Dec 19, 7:01 AM: A divided Arkansas Charter Authorizing Panel voted Tuesday against renewing the state charter for the Pine Bluff Lighthouse Academy beyond this school year, citing low achievement and insignificant or erratic gains in the school's
- Big change proposed for Springdale charter school
- Dec 10, 8:20 AM: Ozark Montessori Academy will be absorbed by the LISA Academy charter school system starting next fall if the state approves an agreement the two organizations reached last month.
- Rogers New Technology High School reaches out to community for project ideas
- Nov 29, 7:44 AM: A New Technology High School organization designed to forge stronger bonds between the school and the community met for the first time Wednesday.
- Funding Gap Increases Between Traditional Public and Charter Schools
- > Nov 29, 6:28 AM: The average disparity in per-pupil funding between traditional public schools and their public charter school counterparts in major cities, including Little Rock and Tulsa, reached $5,828, a slight increase over the last two years,
- 3 charter schools to face questions
- Nov 14, 6:42 AM: Three Arkansas public charter schools that recently received F letter grades for the 2017-18 school year are being called in by the state Charter Authorizing Panel to explain the ratings and their plans for improvement.