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Opinion: On school performance
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Nov 8, 7:39 AM: State Education Commissioner Johnny Key recently announced he intends to ask the state to grant principals the ability to fire teachers, without due process, in what the state considers failing schools. As a parent of a Little Rock >
District, teacher union to resume talks on waiver
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Nov 7, 8:23 AM: Leaders of the Little Rock School District and the Little Rock Education Association union of employees will resume negotiations today after talks ended Tuesday without any agreements on alterations to employment protection >
Commentary: Employers can influence attitudes about higher ed
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Nov 7, 8:00 AM: Only 22 percent of Arkansans over the age of 25 hold a bachelor's degree. Arkansas ranks 43rd nationally in per capita income. It's easy to connect the dots and identify the obstacles that hinder economic growth and prosperity in >
Education chief accuses union of 'sowing fear'
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Nov 5, 6:40 AM: Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key said Friday the Little Rock Education Association is "spreading misinformation" and "sowing seeds of fear" in its opposition to his proposed waiver of employment protection laws in 22 >
Editorial: Reasonable adults
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Nov 2, 6:37 AM: Johnny Key, the commissioner of education, wants an easier path toward getting rid of the worst teachers in failing schools. He'd like permission to do so as needed, without having to wait up to two years while bad teachers appeal >
Consultant suggests solutions to problems eStem charter school created on UA-Little Rock campus
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Oct 29, 5:27 AM: A private consultant has reported on ways to alleviate problems caused by the arrival of the eStem charter high school on the UA-Little Rock campus. The report says neither institution has realized benefits expected from the >
Key seeks to end protections for Little Rock teachers — but only in certain schools
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Oct 24, 5:13 AM: That means the state labor law that provides due process protection for firing teachers in other Arkansas public schools would no longer apply to teachers at campuses in Little Rock that recently received a "D" or an "F" grade under >
Arkansas Education Commissioner seeks 'flexibility' for staffing changes at some Little Rock schools
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Oct 23, 5:24 AM: The Arkansas Education Commissioner plans to ask the state Board of Education to allow "greater flexibility to make staffing changes" in Little Rock's academically struggling schools.
Panel gives thumbs-up on LR charter school
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Oct 19, 6:19 AM: A proposal to alter the academic program and expand the grades served at what is now Quest Academy of West Little Rock won unanimous approval Thursday from the state's Charter Authorizing Panel.
Editorial: Union labels
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Oct 9, 5:37 AM: Baby steps, even in the right direction, aren't what's needed. Little Rock's schools have been taken over by the state for a reason. Charter schools are springing up all over for a reason. Parents are moving or putting their kids in >
College enrollment slips again
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Sep 24, 5:13 AM: The number of students in Arkansas' colleges and universities continued to decline in the 2018-19 school year, preliminary figures released by the state Department of Higher Education show.
Downsizing at the LRSD
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Sep 6, 6:11 AM: That creates a potential problem for the district. Under a state law passed in 2017, a charter school operator can force a public school district to sell unused or underutilized property. Poore said he's been informed by the state >
Opinion: Personalized education paths must still build on strong foundations
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Aug 31, 6:41 AM: I have to be honest and tell you that there are times when I think education is in a mess because of too many changes. Then I realize that our world is in a time of real transformation, so some of the changes in education are valid. >
Hartford denied charter school
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Aug 24, 6:02 AM: The application for a proposed charter school that would have replaced recently closed Hartford Public Schools was denied last week, and there has been little conversation about any plans to move forward with the project.
3 more charter schools denied
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Aug 17, 6:01 AM: The state's Charter Authorizing Panel on Thursday rejected three applications for new open-enrollment charter schools in Searcy, Pine Bluff and Hartford, increasing to six the total number of applications denied this week. One was >
Second-chance school gets charter panel OK
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Aug 16, 6:28 AM: Arkansas’ Charter Authorizing Panel gave initial approval Wednesday to the proposed Premier High School of North Little Rock but rejected applications for three other open-enrollment charter schools planned for North Little Rock, >
State panel denies charter school application for Bentonville's Focus Academy, one other
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Aug 16, 6:15 AM: A state panel voted Wednesday to deny initial approval of charter school applications for the Focus Academy of Arts and Sciences in Bentonville and Pioneer Schools in North Little Rock.
South Arkansas districts lose bid to block school transfers
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Aug 9, 6:39 AM: Federal Judge Susan Hickey of El Dorado refused today to allow the Hope, Lafayette County, Junction City and Camden Fairview school districts to block student transfers for this school year under the state's expansive interdistrict >
Editorial: Here we go again
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Jul 20, 4:41 AM: With a number of public schools failing their charges, our betters have decided to allow kids to flee the worst ones by establishing the Arkansas School Choice Act. Under that current law, a family can opt out of the local school >
School districts ask judge to halt student transfers
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Jul 19, 6:49 AM: Two Southwest Arkansas school districts are asking a federal judge for temporary restraining orders on interdistrict student transfers until court hearings are held on whether such transfers would conflict with desegregation >

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