Osceola conversion charter school revoked

August 9, 2010

The State Board revoked the charter for the Osceola Academic Center of Excellence because the conversion charter school is in its third year of violating accreditation standards. In addition, one of the Osceola School District’s middle schools is in its second year of probationary status, while the high school and all other middle schools and […]

Northwood MS reprimanded for 3rd year of violations

August 9, 2010

The Arkansas Department of Education accountability division found Northwood Middle School in Pulaski County Special School District in violation of various standards of accreditation for the third year in a row. Most recently, the department noted violations of teacher licensing issues, class offerings, and also facilities issues that could effect the safety of children. Dr. […]

Lighthouse Charter School allowed to amend its charter

August 9, 2010

The Arkansas State Board of Education approved Jacksonville’s LIghthouse Charter School’s request to for an amendment to their charter that would allow them expand into a facility on the Little Rock Air Force Base. The school has reached full enrollment with fifty students at every grade and is now fully utilizing its 28,000 facility. The […]

Har-Ber High School accreditation status upheld

August 9, 2010

The Arkansas State Board of Education voted to deny the appeal from Springdale School District over the accreditation status of Har-Ber High School. The district was put in probationary status in May 2010 for employing a teacher who was denied to teach out-of-area during the 2009-2010 school year. The teacher had not met all the […]

State Board hears report on athletic expenditures

August 9, 2010

The State Board of Education heard the results of an audit of 68 school districts’ spending on athletics in the 2008-2009 school year conducted by the Bureau of Legislative Audit, showing that — excluding the one-time costs for construction of facilities — schools ranged in their investments in athletics from 1 percent at Marvell to […]

Billionaire calls for investing in education

August 5, 2010

Here’s an interesting perspective — some might refer to it as a wake up call — that is on today’s CNN website from billionaire Wilbur Ross. In supporting higher taxes for the wealthy, Ross is quoted saying on tv that it’s okay to raise taxes on high earners as long as the government puts the […]

Kimbrell announces deputy, two new ADE members

August 3, 2010

Tony Wood will join the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) as deputy commissioner. Arkansas Commissioner of Education Tom W. Kimbrell announced the appointment today at the Arkansas Association of Education Administrators annual summer conference. “It is important to surround yourself with people who are excellent in what they do, as we work to be an […]

ADE offers list of grant opportunities

August 2, 2010

The Arkansas Department of Education has put together a list of grant opportunities that are available to districts, schools or educators. We hope this listing will make it easier to find funding opportunities that will enhance the educational offerings at your school. The department also plans to offer a workshop on grant writing in the […]