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'Arkansas Department of Education'

Public schools must teach pro-adoption, anti-abortion lesson by end of school year, per new state law

A little-known law passed in 2023 requires public schools to teach "the reasons adoption is preferable to abortion" in grades 6-12.
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Ark. governor and ed secretary bow up with letter to the feds on student loans, Christian persecution

The duo sent a mean letter to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on the eve of his trip to Arkansas to let him know we don't like his kind around here.

Student First Technologies to replace ClassWallet as Arkansas LEARNS voucher vendor

Student First Technologies, based in Bloomington, Indiana, won the contract to handle the finance side of school vouchers in the second year of Arkansas LEARNS. 

As deadline for Arkansas school vouchers approaches, a proponent and a detractor reflect on the first year

As the second year of the Arkansas LEARNS voucher program kicks off, opponents and supporters have the same sentiment: It will be more of the same. 

Dem-Gaz digs into state's purge of school materials on race and civil rights

Are Arkansas social studies teachers actually referencing lists of materials from the state to guide their day-to-day lesson planning? Maybe not. But the chilling effect is real.

State seeks ‘local lead’ organizations for early childhood education in 2024-25

The state Department of Education is seeking new applications for local organizations to lead early childhood education efforts around the state in the upcoming school year.

Education Secretary Jacob Oliva says educational cooperatives' funding will be reevaluated

State Education Department Secretary Jacob Oliva told legislators on Thursday in no uncertain terms that he was not happy with the return on investment from the $55.2 million going out to education cooperatives each year. 
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Solution Tree CEO makes its case to teachers, legislators

A week after a legislative subcommittee voted unanimously to conduct a special audit of Solution Tree, the CEO of the teachers’ professional development company sent a two-page letter to Arkansas teachers saying that the matter might impact the company’s future in the state. 

State abandons bids for LEARNS voucher vendors

The state Department of Education on Wednesday canceled the bid process to pick a vendor to handle school vouchers in the second year of Arkansas LEARNS. 

Students eligible for literacy tutoring grants identified, families will be notified soon

Lists of kindergarten through third-grade students eligible for $500 grants to hire after-school literacy tutors go out this week.

Future of state deaf and blind schools up in the air

There are no reassurances coming from the state Department of Education that the campuses of the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Arkansas School for the Deaf are safe from relocation, consolidation or full elimination. 

Food banks now answering to the Department of Education

Food banks and pantries around the state recently realized a subtle change in their commodities program – it’s now administered through the Department of Education instead of the Department of Human Services.