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Arkansas Education Secretary Jacob Oliva and State Education Board member member Randy Henderson

Arkansas education secretary defends AP African American Studies decision

BY: - August 14, 2023

Arkansas’ top education official on Monday sought to defend the removal of an AP African American Studies class from the state’s approved course list late last week, but anger persisted from education advocates, state lawmakers, students and the NAACP. Education Secretary Jacob Oliva told the Advocate that the class was deleted from the state’s Course […]

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Arkansas school rating system should consider additional factors, superintendents say

BY: - May 29, 2023

It’s been a decade since Arkansas legislators passed a law creating a school rating system, and some administrators say it’s time for a change because it doesn’t take into account difficult-to-measure factors like poverty that can affect school performance. “None of us really like the A to F system because there are flaws in it…because […]