- Public schools count of students falls 6,400
- Nov 13, 7:10 AM: A 6,400-student drop in public school enrollment this fall is partially offset by a nearly 3,900-student increase in home-school counts, according to a state analysis of the numbers.
- House foes at odds on voucher support
- > Oct 26, 5:26 AM: In an interview this week, Lowery said he continues to support school-choice initiatives, including the expansion of charter schools, voucher programs and "partial vouchers" such as Arkansas' Succeed Scholarship Program,
- Northwest Arkansas private school enrollment fluctuates during pandemic
- Oct 19, 7:53 AM: School start dates, learning models and early childhood programs are contributing to changing enrollments at private schools during the coronavirus pandemic, administrators said.
- LR union backs off online-only classes
- > Sep 29, 7:25 AM: The union representing more than 60% of Little Rock School District's 1,850 teachers voted Monday night to discontinue an action calling for faculty to cease face-to-face instruction and teach students through virtual
- Some Little Rock teachers planning not to report for work in classrooms Monday
- Sep 28, 7:13 AM: The Little Rock Education Association has informed the Little Rock School District that teachers won’t report to work in classrooms Monday.
- Transition seamless; school went online for one day
- > 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
- Small districts looking at virtual charters as lifeline
- > 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
- > 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
- 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
- > 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
- Opinion: School choice should be available to all
- > 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
- State and KIPP charter school at odds on virtual opening.
- 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
- 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
- > 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
- > 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
- > 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
- More Arkansas Parents Opting To Keep Kids Out Of Schools During The Pandemic
- > 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
- AR online school gains popularity during COVID-19
- > 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
- Union: Delay on-site classes
- > 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
- Arkansas schools will be required to have on-campus learning activities five days a week
- > 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
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