Education

Jonesboro High School volleyball coach C.C. Smith

Teachers, students voice support for AP African American Studies course

BY: - February 3, 2023

If C.C. Smith had had access to an African American history class as a kid, the self-described history nut said he “would’ve ate it up.”  Smith said he learned much from his father, “an expert on the Delta” and professor emeritus at Arkansas State University where he was the school’s first African American faculty member. […]

SESSION SNAPSHOT: Arkansas Legislature rolls through Week 4 with ice and amendments

BY: - February 3, 2023

The fourth week of the Arkansas General Assembly’s 2023 legislative session brought lots of ice and amendments. Senate Bill 43, which targeted drag shows, has demanded the most attention of any legislation through the first month of the session, but by the time the House and Senate adjourned for the weekend, it had been so […]

Visitors at the Birkenau Museum view the many faces of the men, women and children who died at the Auschwitz II – death camp. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Arkansas bill to create Holocaust Education Week headed to House for a vote

BY: - February 2, 2023

A bill to establish Holocaust Education Week in Arkansas public schools unanimously passed the House Education Committee on Thursday and will go to the House for approval. Senate Bill 68 amends state law that requires Holocaust education to designate the last full week of classes in January as Holocaust Education Week.  The bill unanimously passed […]

COMMENTARY
Celebrate Black History Month with USA flag motif

High schoolers need exposure to ideas in African American studies

BY: - February 2, 2023

As Black History Month begins, our education governor’s Education Department says it’s reviewing an advanced placement course in African American studies that’s being tried out in two Arkansas schools as part of a pilot program in 60 high schools nationwide. The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is asking questions of the nonprofit that […]

Rep. Tippi McCullough (D-Little Rock) speaks against a bill that would regulate drag performances as adult businesses on the floor of the Arkansas House of Representatives on Feb. 1, 2023. (Screenshot)

Two LGBTQ-specific bills move forward in Arkansas Legislature

BY: - February 1, 2023

Two proposed laws that activists say discriminate against LGBTQ Arkansans progressed in the state Legislature Wednesday. State Rep. Mary Bentley (R-Perryville) is sponsoring both bills and has said repeatedly that they are meant to protect children from sexual behavior that could emotionally damage them. House Bill 1156 would restrict bathroom use in public schools based […]

Sen. Dan Sullivan

Higher education free expression bill halted in committee

BY: - February 1, 2023

After an hour of debate among Senate Education Committee members on Wednesday, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Jonesboro) pulled down a bill he said was designed to protect free expression on college campuses.  “The intent of the bill is to allow students to be expressive and we’re seeing a lot of bills now that seek to restrict […]

Arkansas Senate panel recommends ending state affirmative action

BY: - January 31, 2023

A legislative committee Tuesday morning passed a bill to end state affirmative action, but most of the public was left in the dark on the proposal’s language because it wasn’t made publicly available until after the panel voted and adjourned. Senate Bill 71 by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Jonesboro) would do away with programs that encourage […]

SESSION SNAPSHOT: Drag queens, snow, masks and education at the Arkansas State Capitol

BY: - January 27, 2023

The third week of Arkansas’ 94th General Assembly began with the Senate’s passage of a bill to restrict drag shows the same as strip clubs and porn shops, and it ended with a long, tense hearing over a school bathroom bill. Between the culture war battles, the state House and Senate have started passing legislation […]

COMMENTARY
Visitors at the Birkenau Museum view the many faces of the men, women and children who died at the Auschwitz II – death camp. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Still close to home

BY: - January 27, 2023

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Arkansas Advocate occasionally publishes commentary from other sources, including other members of the States Newsroom network. This column from the Arizona Mirror reflects on the importance of educating younger generations about the Holocaust.) On Jan. 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz camp complex in occupied Poland. What the Soviet liberators found […]

Teachers would get $60K minimum salary under bill in Congress making grants to states

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON – A panel of policymakers and educators, including author Dave Eggers and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to promote the American Teacher Act.  The bill, if passed, would authorize the federal government to create four-year grants for states to enact and enforce minimum school teacher […]

Sen. Greg Leding, Rep. Tippi McCullough

Democrats file legislation to increase pay for Arkansas teachers, school staff

BY: - January 26, 2023

Arkansas Democrats filed bills on Thursday to raise minimum salaries for teachers to $50,000 a year and for classified staff to $15 an hour. Sponsored by House Minority Leader Rep. Tippi McCullough (D-Little Rock), the Raising Arkansas’s Investment in Schools and Educators (RAISE) Act calls for an immediate $10,000 raise for all full-time teachers. The […]

Jack Waksal, born in 1924 and a survivor of the Holocaust's forced labor camps, visits the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Florida, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27, 2022. An Arkansas legislative committee approved a bill on Jan. 25, 2023, that would establish Holocaust Education Week in Arkansas public schools. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Arkansas schools would observe Holocaust Education Week if bill becomes law

BY: - January 25, 2023

The Senate Education Committee approved a bill on Wednesday to establish Holocaust Education Week in Arkansas public schools.  Sponsored by Sen. Jim Dotson (R-Bentonville), SB68 amends state law that requires Holocaust education to designate the last full week of classes in January as Holocaust Education Week. If approved, the State Board of Education would be […]