Category Archives: Education

ADHE: Students fail to meet scholarship academic requirements in the second year

Approximately 40 percent of first-time traditional college freshmen who received funds from Arkansas Lottery scholarships were not academically eligible to receive the same funding their second year, according to the Associated Press. Based on a report by the state Department … Continue reading

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Arkansas lawmakers criticized for planning meeting to coincide with Razorback game

Arkansas lawmakers have come under recent fire after the reveal that they planned a committee meeting next month in Fayetteville to coincide with a Razorbacks game, according to the Associated Press (updated to include link). Sen. Sue Madison, who scheduled … Continue reading

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State to ask for waiver to No Child Left Behind standards

In light of the Common Core Standards the state is attempting to set across the board in Arkansas, the education commissioner of the Arkansas Education Department said Monday he plans to apply for a waiver to the federal No Child … Continue reading

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Head out to the polls

Voters, don’t forget to head out to your voting site to elect your representative to the El Dorado and Parkers Chapel school boards. Glenn Glover and Todd Whatley are facing off for the Zone 7 position in El Dorado, and … Continue reading

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EHS tennis team pulled over for littering

After a water bottle thrown from a school bus struck a passing vehicle on a country road last week, the entire El Dorado High School tennis team was pulled over and warned for the action. Though unsure where the incident … Continue reading

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Norphlet coach allegedly assaults 11-year-old

A mother filed a report with the Norphlet Police Department after her 11-year-old son and multiple witnesses stated a Norphlet Elementary School coach handled the boy roughly when he believed the student to be talking badly about his child — … Continue reading

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New school standards tackled this year

To become competitive in the international job market, Arkansas’ youngest students will begin studying for and shaping their school year around a national standardized test this year — ahead of the 2014 start date. The Common Core Curriculum will be … Continue reading

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ACT scores drop despite boost in test takers

Despite the boost in the number of Arkansas students taking the ACT, scores have actually dropped by half a point in the last year, according to Arkansas News. Statewide the number of students taking the test rose by 10 percent … Continue reading

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Lottery commission hires attorney to fight $100,000 IRS penalty

After being penalized nearly $100,000 for late tax deposits, the Arkansas Lottery Commission voted yesterday to fight back by hiring an attorney to start the appeal process. According to Arkansas News, the fine followed two late deposits and mirrors similar … Continue reading

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Former superintendent sues Beebe, state officials

A superintendent fired during a state takeover of his cash-strapped school district has sued Gov. Mike Beebe and other officials this week for $500,000 in damages saying they violated his three-year contract. Though former Pulaski County Special School District Superintendent … Continue reading

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Study: El Dorado School District ranks well despite high poverty

Despite high poverty rates locally, the El Dorado School District fared surprisingly well in a Pro Publica comparison of 39 of the largest districts in the state as part of a nationwide project. Though 62 percent of students in the … Continue reading

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Lottery revenue falls millions short

Fewer students will benefit from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery this year than last with revenue dropping to $98 million as compared to the $100 million anticipated and the $107 million garnered last year. Commissioners Bruce Engstrom and Steve Faris threw … Continue reading

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Arkansas ranks 28th freest state

Arkansans fall along the median for the freest people in country, according to a study recently released by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University. The study takes into account state and federal grants as well as how the money … Continue reading

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Four Union County schools cited, escape probation

A shade more than 20 percent of Union County’s schools were recently cited by the Arkansas Department of Education for violating their yearly accreditation standards. According to the report, of the 18 schools in Union County, four were cited, though … Continue reading

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Study: Arkansas has least educated Legislature

Good news guys, we’re number one! Bad news, it’s for having the least education statehouse nationwide, according to a study by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Of Arkansas’ 135 legislators (many who make $100,000-plus for their legislative positions), 25 percent … Continue reading

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