Walton Family Foundation

Walton Arts Center board resignations reach 9 after CEO nixes drag events aimed at minors

BY: - May 23, 2023

Two more members of the Walton Arts Center board of directors have resigned, leaving just over a majority of the board in place after seven members resigned last week. Six of the seven who resigned Friday did so as a joint protest against the arts center’s decision not to host drag events aimed at minors […]

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UA Little Rock receives $3.5 million for endowed directorship of education school

BY: - May 22, 2023

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $3.5 million grant from the Windgate Foundation to endow the directorship of its School of Education.  The university will launch a national search in late summer or early fall “with an eye toward a leader who is collaborative, innovative, inclusive, and dynamic with experience in […]

Ali Noland, Arkansas State Board of Education

Arkansas education board approves first ‘transformation contract’ under LEARNS Act

BY: - May 5, 2023

The Arkansas State Board of Education on Friday approved a first-of-its-kind arrangement to allow a charter school company to run a public school district under threat of closure. The board voted in favor of a recommendation for the Marvell-Elaine District to enter into a “transformation contract” with the Friendship Education Foundation, the first such agreement […]

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Arkansas receives $1 million grant to support high-impact tutoring

BY: - April 27, 2023

Arkansas is one of five states awarded a $1 million grant to support high-impact tutoring for K-5 public school students in the upcoming academic year. The grant is awarded by the States Leading Recovery program at Accelerate, a national nonprofit organization “working to make effective tutoring a standard feature” of the school day, according to […]