- Democratic candidate for governor calls bill 'backdoor school voucher program'
- Mar 16, 5:34 AM: The Democratic challenger against Republican Asa Hutchinson for governor of Arkansas has called a bill that allows 529 college savings funds to be withdrawn for K-12 tuition a "backdoor school voucher program."
- Bills to expand use of 529 plans handily advance
- Mar 15, 5:48 AM: The Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday handily approved bills that would extend tax breaks for 529 college savings plans to money used for tuition at private elementary and secondary schools.
- LISA Academy gets OK to expand in Sherwood
- Mar 9, 6:44 AM: The LISA Academy charter school system received final state approval Thursday on its plan to build a secondary school campus in Sherwood and increase its enrollment cap for all of its campuses by 600 to a total of 2,700.
- School of Innovation gives students more flexibility
- > Mar 9, 6:25 AM: The Newport School District is sharing success stories from a new method of education that they began in the fall of 2016. It’s called the School of Innovation. The program gives students more freedom to work at their own pace and
- School voucher plan dropped from treasurer's budget
- Mar 9, 5:33 AM: The House today called it quits temporarily on attempting to provide a tax subsidy to K-12 private schools in the current budget session, which should end tomorrow.
- 9 groups file to run schools
- Mar 8, 7:20 AM: Nine organizations have notified the Arkansas Department of Education of their plans to apply to establish open-enrollment charter schools in 2019-20 in locations that include Pulaski and Jefferson counties.
- State lists properties for charter-school dibs
- > Mar 1, 7:26 AM: More than 200 buildings and pieces of property owned by 76 school districts — including the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special districts — have been identified by the state for the first time as vacant or
- Panel vote advances proposal on tuition
- > Feb 23, 7:27 AM: The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee voted Thursday to advance a proposal that would allow taxpayers with 529 college savings plans to use withdrawals for tuition at a public, private or religious elementary or secondary
- Innovation designation proposed for Jasper High School
- > Feb 23, 6:46 AM: Students, teachers and administrators agree that the flex scheduling initiative began last fall has been successful. The policy allows students to pace their own learning, provides time for students needing one on one instruction,
- 4 districts appeal school-choice exemption denials
- Feb 20, 7:39 AM: Four districts that sought 2018-19 school year exemptions from participating in Public School Choice Act student transfers across district lines have been denied or partially denied by the Arkansas Department of Education.
- 4 districts appeal school-choice exemption denials
- Feb 20, 5:45 AM: Four districts that sought 2018-19 school year exemptions from participating in Public School Choice Act student transfers across district lines have been denied or partially denied by the Arkansas Department of Education.
- State panel backs central Arkansas charter school's plans for new campus
- > Feb 19, 8:26 AM: A proposal by LISA Academy Public Charter Schools to add a secondary-school campus in Sherwood and increase its enrollment cap for all of its schools by 600 students to 2,700 won unanimous approval Thursday from the state's Charter
- State panel backs LISA plans for new campus
- > Feb 16, 7:20 AM: A proposal by LISA Academy Public Charter Schools to add a secondary-school campus in Sherwood and increase its enrollment cap for all of its schools by 600 students to 2,700 won unanimous approval Thursday from the state's Charter
- Education Matters: Arkansas Virtual Academy
- Feb 13, 7:47 AM: The Carpenters say the Arkansas Virtual Academy essentially helped them continue their education. Sage was born with severe food allergies to peanuts, dairy, shellfish and soy, to name a few.
- School-choice backers rally at Capitol
- Jan 25, 6:31 AM: The Capitol rotunda on Wednesday echoed with the voices of scores of children from nontraditional public and private schools.
- Crowding a problem on UALR-high school campus
- Jan 23, 7:41 AM: EStem Public Charter High School has closed the book on its first semester at its new location on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus -- but not without growing pains.
- Events planned on school choice
- > Jan 22, 7:59 AM: Events are planned in Arkansas this week to mark National School Choice Week, which is held annually to highlight different education options for students, including traditional charter, magnet, private, home and online
- Jan. 21-27 is Arkansas School Choice Week
- Jan 18, 8:05 AM: Gov. Hutchinson has officially proclaimed Jan. 21-27 as Arkansas School Choice Week, joining dozens of other governors and hundreds of city and county leaders nationwide.
- Driven students on new path
- Jan 15, 8:03 AM: The 12,000-student Pulaski Special district is one of several Arkansas districts in recent years to redesign the delivery of education through the state's school of innovation or conversion charter school initiatives.
- State student plan gets more queries; process with U.S. called ‘fast, furious’
- > Jan 15, 6:46 AM: The Arkansas Board of Education wrapped up two days of meetings Friday during which members acted on the renewal of seven charter schools and approved waivers on the school start date for the Little Rock and Pulaski County Special