- The River Valley Virtual Academy Features Aspects Similar To Traditional Schooling
- Mar 17, 6:31 AM: The River Valley Virtual Academy opens in August and is already drawing in quite a bit of attention from potential students and parents.
- Education savings account bill fails, other school bills advance
- > Mar 17, 5:02 AM: A bill to create accounts parents could use to send their children to private or charter schools failed in the House on Thursday. Also Thursday, a House committee advanced bills to move the dates of school elections and
- Panel gives LR charter school April deadline to make fixes
- > Mar 16, 7:02 AM: Rockbridge Montessori School, a 2-year-old taxpayer-supported charter school in Little Rock, has until the middle of April to show management improvements that are necessary if the school is to avoid closure.
- Arkansas Plan To Send State Dollars To Private Schools Advancing In Amended Form
- > Mar 15, 5:51 AM: A scaled back education bill to create a voucher-like program – which channels public dollars to private schools through individual education savings accounts- is headed to the Arkansas House floor. On Tuesday a
- Area school co-op pushed by panelist
- > Mar 14, 6:19 AM: A state committee formed last year to find ways in which traditional schools and charter schools in Little Rock might cooperate spent time Monday "pingponging" ideas as members begin a push to finalize their
- Principal: New online school meets Arkansas students’, parents’ needs
- Mar 13, 6:34 AM: Arkansas students no longer have to show up to a brick-and-mortar school to gain a high-quality education, according to one official.
- Arkansas House passes bill on vacant schools for charters
- Mar 13, 5:59 AM: A bill giving charter schools first dibs on vacant school buildings passed the House on Thursday after failing the day before.
- Arkansas Board of Education labels 17 distressed
- > Mar 13, 5:50 AM: Two school systems and 15 schools -- including three each in Little Rock and Forrest City -- will keep their state-applied "academic distress" labels for another year, the Arkansas Board of Education decided Thursday.
- Arkansas Board of Education allows Arkansas Connections Academy waiver
- Mar 10, 7:26 AM: The Arkansas Board of Education opted Thursday not to review a Charter Authorizing Panel decision to grant a waiver to Arkansas Connections Academy, an online school based in Bentonville.
- Groups inform state of desire to operate 16 new charter schools
- > Mar 10, 6:28 AM: Thirteen organizations have notified the Arkansas Department of Education that they intend to apply to operate 16 new open-enrollment charter schools -- including six in Greater Little Rock and four in Pine Bluff --
- Bill lets parents tailor kids' school funds
- Mar 10, 5:48 AM: Parents would be given broad authority to spend state education funds as they see fit on their children under a proposal approved by the House Education Committee on Thursday.
- Bill Giving Charter Schools Rights to Public School Buildings Fails in House
- > Mar 9, 7:02 AM: A bill that would grant Arkansas charter schools the right to buy or lease unused or underutilized public school buildings failed in the House in a 50-32 vote Wednesday. Had it passed, it would have been sent to Governor
- Legislation to Expand Voucher Program Clears Panel
- Mar 8, 7:03 AM: A bill that would expand a special-needs education voucher program to include foster children passed on a voice vote with some dissent in the House Education Committee Wednesday.
- Vacant-schools bill clears panel
- > Mar 7, 7:31 AM: The House Education Committee advanced a bill Monday giving charter schools first dibs on vacant school buildings, after Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola spoke
- Bill to Ease Restrictions on Voucher Program Clears the House
- > Mar 2, 6:43 AM: A bill that would allow superintendents to waive the requirement that a student attend public school for a year before being eligible to participate in a special-needs education voucher program passed 69-7 in the House
- Home schooling popularity soaring in Arkansas
- > Feb 28, 5:58 AM: Home schooling is growing exponentially across the country, Arkansas included. According to the State Department of Education, during the 1995-1996 school year, there were 5,755 students enrolled in home schooling. 10
- Charter Schools Given More Power Over Lottery Systems With New Bill
- Feb 27, 7:07 AM: This change gives charter schools the opportunity to target low income and non english speakers. As well as special education and students from distressed schools.
- Charter School Authorizing Panel Membership Requirements Stripped By Arkansas Senate
- > Feb 22, 7:50 AM: A bill to open-up membership in the public charter school authorizing panel to anyone in the public – without requirement – sailed through the Arkansas Senate on Monday. Currently the panel that makes recommendations on
- Proposed bill would allow charter schools to occupy empty, underutilized school buildings
- > Feb 22, 6:03 AM: A bill in the 91st General Assembly would allow charter schools to move in to vacant or underutilized public school buildings. If passed, it's a win for charter schools. But, to those hoping to keep all of Little Rock's
- Arkansas Senate OKs charter school panel measure
- Feb 21, 7:26 AM: The Senate voted 28-5 Monday to approve a bill to loosen restriction on who can serve on the state panel that authorizes charter schools.
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