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Federal court reverses JCSD school choice exemption
Aug 26, 4:51 PM: The JCSD and Hope, Camden Fairview and Lafayette County school districts had filed four separate but similar lawsuits against state officials arguing that Arkansas School Choice Act student transfers would result in white >
Arkansas board OKs changes for charter schools
Aug 20, 3:27 PM: Graduate Arkansas, a dropout recovery charter high school in Little Rock, received state approval Thursday to open a second campus and expand its enrollment cap by more than five-fold for the current 2021-22 school year. >
Editorial: Cherry-picking
Aug 20, 3:25 PM: Those who oppose charter schools as a matter of principle usually rely on the argument that charter schools “cherry-pick” students from the public schools. Those of us who know better would make the counter-argument that >
Arkansas virtual academy navigating first week of school
Aug 19, 4:41 PM: Amy Johnson is the head of the Arkansas Virtual Academy and says enrollment is their biggest thing right now.  The Academy currently enrolls approximately 3,500 students and there are 1,100 applications being processed >
Arkansas charter panel favors out-of-state school models for Pulaski County
Aug 19, 4:37 PM: Pulaski County is in line for three new open-enrollment charter school campuses in the coming two years.
Arkansas charter school panel endorses plans that give students a second chance at high school
Aug 18, 1:16 PM: The proposed Premier High School of Fort Smith—an open-enrollment charter school that primarily would target students who are unsuccessful in traditional high schools—received preliminary approval Tuesday from the state >
Homeschooled and virtual learning families prepare for the school year amid pandemic
Aug 16, 3:57 PM: As the pandemic continues, some families are looking to alternative forms of educations, like homeschool or virtual learning.
School preparing back to school plans with virtual learning
Aug 3, 11:01 AM: There are still a lot of questions surrounding the return to school and whether virtually learning will be offered or not. The decision to offer virtual options is ultimately up to each school district.
Peak Innovation Center offers unique opportunities for students in the region
Jul 30, 9:24 AM: Nadia Facio, an 11th-grader at Northside High School, is an apprentice at ABB. The yearlong collaboration is the result of a partnership between the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith’s program, the Peak Innovation Center, >
Virtual student numbers increasing across Arkansas for 2021 school year
Jul 29, 3:38 PM: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, more and more parents in central Arkansas are choosing the virtual learning option for their children this year. The enrollment numbers keep growing day by day as the delta variant of >
Washington County districts OK, deny school choice transfers
Jul 26, 11:47 AM: Farmington schools will have 49 new kindergarten students for the 2021-22 school year who are transferring to Farmington from other districts through the state's Public School Choice law, according to Stephanie Pinkerton, >
North Little Rock schools to offer outsourced virtual instruction this fall
Jul 26, 11:45 AM: School starts back up in just a few weeks, and one central Arkansas school district is taking a unique approach to virtual learning. The North Little Rock School District is outsourcing teachers and curriculum. So far, >
Schools get remote-learning leeway
Jul 26, 11:39 AM: Arkansas public school systems that did not previously submit plans to the state by a May 1 deadline to offer remote instruction to their students in the coming school year are getting another bite at the apple. >
Panel OKs 7 charters’ online plans
Jul 21, 3:22 PM: The state's Charter Authorizing Panel on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to remote-learning plans proposed by seven operators of open-enrollment and conversion charter schools.
6 organizations file to open 7 charter schools in state
Jun 4, 8:21 AM: Six organizations have submitted initial applications to the state to establish seven new open-enrollment charter school campuses, five of which are proposed for Pulaski County and two are planned for Fort Smith and Hope. >
Some Arkansas school districts plan to offer virtual learning next fall
May 28, 6:13 AM: Some Arkansas school districts are keeping some form of online learning next fall. On Thursday, the Arkansas State Board of Education approved several waivers for digital learning, allowing districts to make their own >
Virtual schooling: Is the playing field level for real school districts and the giant virtual charters?
May 24, 8:13 AM: The standards demanded of real school districts yesterday should be no different than those demanded of the all-virtual schools. Whatever the state Board eventually requires for the 152 applications, it should be no more >
Arkansas schools put 152 online ed pitches on the table
May 21, 8:13 AM: Arkansas education leaders Thursday explored parameters for the future of online, remote K-12 schooling after a year in which the covid-19 pandemic pushed districts to set up an array of remote, digital instruction plans >
State panel backs charter changes
May 19, 7:58 AM: The Arkansas Charter Authorizing Panel on Tuesday endorsed amendments to the state-issued charters held by four high schools to accommodate school plans for operating digital learning academies in the upcoming 2021-22 >
Virtual learning on 'hold' for handful of Arkansas school districts next year
May 17, 5:26 AM: The State Board of Education has already put a hold on some school districts' virtual learning plans for the upcoming school year. So far 150 districts have applied through the state for a virtual learning option for >



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