Category Archives: Education

Stephens superintendent suspended after weekend DWI

Arrested over the weekend for his second DWI in four years, Stephens Superintendent Darrell Porter was suspended Monday night in a unanimous vote by the school board, according to the Camden News. Though the Arkansas State Police confirmed his arrest … Continue reading

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Lottery hauls in $10M more than last year

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery garnered $10 million more in this year’s ticket sales haul than the previous year’s at $474.1 million when the fiscal year ended on Saturday, according to unaudited numbers. According to Arkansas News, the increase is due … Continue reading

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Arkansas granted NCLB waiver, plans alternate measures

Arkansas joined today 23 other states to have received waivers allowing them flexibility in meeting the requirements of President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind. The state was among five total to be granted a waiver today, according to … Continue reading

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UCAPS board resigns, wreck turns fatal and Strong-Huttig rescinds superintendent’s contract: It’s Thursday in Union County

Big headlines in El Dorado today. For all you animal lovers out there invested in the Union County Animal Protection Society saga, breaking news just minutes ago with the immediate resignations of the entire board, excepting one member. Stan Simpson, … Continue reading

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Heritage Plaza fleshed out

South Arkansas Community College leaders unveiled further renderings of their plans for Heritage Plaza this morning during an interview with the News-Times. The estimated $700,000 feature will be implemented in two phases and showcase a central water fountain, a sprawling … Continue reading

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Long’s leadership earns $1.25M gift to UA center

In the wake of the Bobby Petrino scandal, the Donald W. Reynolds Center will make a $1.25 million donation to the University of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Success Center, venerating Athletic Director Jeff Long for “courageous leadership.” According to Arkansas Online, the … Continue reading

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Clinton heads to El Dorado

All is quiet on the newsroom scanners right now leading up to the arrival of President Bill CLinton who will speak at today’s El Dorado High School academic signing day. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and close at 12:20 p.m. … Continue reading

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Remembering the school amid the ruin

In 2008 when Huttig’s elementary school students were forced to join their counterparts in Strong, the door firmly slammed on what was formerly the Huttig School District. Consolidated into the Strong-Huttig School District in 2004-2005 after enrollment fell below the … Continue reading

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Arkansas to receive $5.7M for school improvement

Arkansas is set to receive $5.7 million in federal funding for public school improvement as part of a national school improvement grants program. According to the Associated Press, schools will need to apply for the funding with an idea of … Continue reading

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UA board votes to increase tuition

A vote late last week by the University of Arkansas board of trustees will increase tuition at the institution’s four-year and two-year schools, according to the City Wire. The increase will run as high as 5.3 percent for the Fayetteville … Continue reading

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Watson responds to education reform comments

El Dorado Unified School District Superintendent Bob Watson responded Friday to a News-Times article printed on Jan. 25 detailing comments by Laurie Masterson, a proponent for education reform, to the Conservative Action Project of Union County. Masterson outlined her argument … Continue reading

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County, state drop in AYP scores

It would seem that the Parkers Chapel School District is the place to go in Union County as it was the only district countywide to fully meet No Child Left Behind Standards in the 2010-2011 year. Only four schools in … Continue reading

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Students disallowed option to become Cougars

Keeping in mind the large population of “middle-aged women seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man,” a Utah high school board has voted down on allowing the school’s students to become the Cougars, according to Yahoo! Sports. The Salt … Continue reading

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AIDS education helps place state ranking at 32 in reported cases

Arkansas ranks number 32 highest in the nation for reported AIDS cases, according to information garnered by the Center for Disease Control and compiled by KAIT 8 Thursday in acknowledgment of World AIDS Awareness Day. An even more frightening statistic: … Continue reading

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Group targets state senator’s Christian preschool

State Rep. Justin Harris was “really thrown back, disappointed,” when his religious preschool was targeted for using state money to fund Christian teachings, according to the Associated Press. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a D.C.-based group, contends … Continue reading

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