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Arkansas Department of Education chief counsel speaks into a microphone while sitting at a table

Arkansas lawmakers approve emergency rules for school-safety grant funding

BY: - December 15, 2022

The Arkansas Legislative Council’s executive subcommittee on Thursday approved emergency rules that will allow the disbursement of $50 million for a school-safety grant program. “If we can get these approved, then that will assist us in getting the money out to school districts sooner so that they can start putting these different safety measures in […]

Arkansas School Safety Commission chair Cheryl May speaks into a microphone while sitting at a table with Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Arkansas School Safety Commission issues final report with more than 50 new recommendations

BY: - October 13, 2022

This story was updated at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, to include additional comments on the report. The Arkansas School Safety Commission made 56 new recommendations to improve school safety in its final report, obtained Wednesday by the Advocate.  The 24-member panel lists suggestions for best practices in a variety of areas, including physical security, […]

School safety panel recommends funding to help implement proposals

BY: - September 21, 2022

The Arkansas School Safety Commission approved two recommendations Wednesday aimed at providing funding to support best practices included in the group’s final report, which is due by Oct. 1. “I don’t think that we can walk away from this table without trying to get our schools some additional financial help because we’re asking them to […]

boys on a laptop in a classroom

School Safety Commission recommends cybersecurity training, confidential tip line

BY: - September 6, 2022

The Arkansas School Safety Commission addressed cybersecurity concerns during its meeting Tuesday, approving a recommendation that would require anyone who uses district-issued digital devices to receive annual cybersecurity awareness training. The commission plans to release a final report on its recommendations to the governor by Oct. 1. While school safety is often focused on physical […]