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Editorial: Exceptional importance, indeed
Mar 26, 5:35 AM: Over the past 10-15 years, the General Assembly of Arkansas has tried to make it easier for students to flee failing school districts. But state money follows the students, so some school districts have tangled themselves >
Private-school tuition bill fails to clear state House
Mar 18, 6:05 AM: A proposal to fund private school tuition for qualifying students with up to $4 million in state income tax dollars failed in the Arkansas House with bipartisan opposition Wednesday, after barely making it out of committee >
Vouchers for needy students advance
Mar 17, 8:11 AM: A proposal to fund private school vouchers for students in need with up to $4 million in state income tax dollars narrowly advanced from a House committee on Tuesday.
Arkansas Board of Education approves LISA Academy hybrid school
Mar 12, 7:44 AM: The Education Board’s vote Thursday allows for an increase in the charter system’s enrollment by 1,050 students to accommodate the addition of the hybrid school and an additional 200 students to the 300-student cap at the >
Revamped voucher bill still facing headwind
Feb 22, 7:14 AM: School choice proponents filed a bill this month that would allow public funds to be used to pay for private school tuition, with an added provision that would give financial help to certain public schools. But even with >
LISA hybrid school on agenda
Feb 15, 9:06 AM: The LISA Academy charter school system that enrolls more than 3,200 students in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Springdale is seeking state approval for a semi-virtual school for 1,050 in kindergarten-through-12th >
Opinion: Expand choice
Feb 11, 5:50 AM: It is wonderful that the parents of 427 Arkansas students receive assistance from our state so that they can select a private school that serves their special needs. Still, more children could benefit from private school >
Digital divide: An in-depth look at broadband access across central Arkansas
Feb 10, 7:32 AM: Any discussion of broadband access, including access in Van Buren County, soon moves to education, namely broadband access for students. The issue became all-the-more visible last year beginning in March when the COVID-19 >
State's 4-year graduate rate up
Jan 20, 7:42 AM: A total of 88.8% of eligible Arkansas public high school students graduated in the 2019-20 school year four years after entering ninth grade.
Teacher pay proposal would shift $25 million
Jan 19, 6:28 AM: Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to raise the average teacher salary in Arkansas by $2,000 over the next two years would be paid for by shifting $25 million within legislative committee recommendations for public school >
Arkansas Board of Education renews charter schools; includes several NWA schools
Jan 15, 6:55 AM: The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday gave final approval to the five-year renewal of charters for the continued operation of eight open-enrollment and conversion charter schools.
Junction City School District superintendent offers perspective on School Choice ruling
Jan 8, 7:50 AM: The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis in late December upheld an earlier decision by El Dorado U.S. District Judge Susan O. Hickey to restrict Arkansas School Choice Act transfers out of four south Arkansas >
Panel upholds four decisions on school choice
Jan 4, 6:43 AM: A panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a set of lower court decisions excusing four south Arkansas school systems from participating in interdistrict student transfers because of their >
County district to add virtual charter school
Dec 28, 7:06 AM: The Pulaski County Special School District is expanding its menu of instructional options in the 2021-2022 school year to include the new Driven Virtual Academy for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. >
Schools in Fort Smith modify blended learning for students
Dec 22, 7:42 AM: The blended-learning model of on-site instruction, a school district news release stated, "allowed students to listen to lectures, complete assignments at home, and attend on-site classes when they believed they needed >
Column: Education in a pandemic: Not making the grade
Dec 21, 8:37 AM: Sarrin is one of the thousands of parents around the country who formed learning pods when assigned schools closed. By meeting in small groups with friends' and neighbors' children, these pod families could try to keep at >
Charter panel backs renewal for 4 schools
Dec 17, 7:41 AM: The Arkansas Charter Authorizing Panel on Wednesday recommended renewing for five years the state- issued charters for four charter schools, including Arkansas Connections Academy, which is a statewide virtual school. >
Arkansas schools work to get students back on track amid COVID-19 pandemic
Dec 17, 7:03 AM: ;The fall semester is coming to a close in Arkansas, and across the state school districts are working to get students up to speed who may have fallen behind due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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, >



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