Arkansas Rural Ed Association

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A small Arkansas school district increased bus drivers’ pay by 19%. Will it fix the shortage?

BY: - May 15, 2023

Sheridan School District bus drivers have had a rough year. Two drivers and the bus driver coordinator resigned in March, effective at the end of the school year. That followed numerous other resignations since 2019. Drivers are retiring, seeking other jobs and quitting because of stress from disruptive student behavior and verbal abuse from parents. […]

Rural districts concerned about voucher program accountability, school closures

BY: - February 13, 2023

Bryan Pruitt knows well how being in the right school can spark a love of learning. Nothing generated his interest as a middle school student in Ozark, so he transferred to nearby County Line High School where an agriculture program changed his life. “When I was at County Line, I could not get enough of […]