Schools Should Have Access to Broadband Network

June 13, 2014-Little Rock -Governor Mike Beebe today called for a change in Arkansas law to restore the opportunity for school districts to access an existing statewide broadband network. His comments came as the Arkansas Board of Education adopted the Arkansas Digital Learning Study at their Friday meeting. Beebe has endorsed the report as well.

In 2011, the passage of Act 1050 created an exemption that prevented K-12 schools from accessing the Arkansas Research Education Optical Network, known as ARE-ON. Without ...

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New ASBA Staff Members

June 12, 2014-Little Rock-Executive Director Dr. Tony Prothro is pleased to announce that Dr. Anne Butcher and Boyce Watkins will join the ASBA staff July 1.

Dr. Butcher is currently serving as Superintendent of the Centerpoint School District. She will replace Horace Smith, who retired in January, as Director of Board Development.

Mr. Watkins retired last year as Superintendent of the Atkins School District. As Director of Advocacy he will provide direction for ASBA’s legislative agenda. Working collaboratively with the Executive Director, ...

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Register Today for Administrative Directives Workshops

May 28, 2014–Little Rock–ASBA is pleased to announce its annual Administrative Directives Workshops, taught by staff attorney Kristen Garner. This interactive session is designed to provide school administrators and board members information on the legal framework for employee documentation, including specific steps required to effectively document an employee’s performance. The training will be differentiated according to roles. This workshop provides registrants an opportunity to gain interactive, hands-on experience and come away loaded with relevant content and tools for improving instruction ...

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Four Seniors Awarded School Boards Scholarships

scholarshipMay 22, 2014–Little Rock–Four Arkansas high school seniors recently received $650 scholarships from the Arkansas School Boards Association Education Foundation.

The scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who are children of Arkansas school board members and who will attend Arkansas institutions of higher learning in the fall. The awards are based on a student’s academic record and leadership potential. One award was made in each of the four ...

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Stand Up 4 Public Schools Unveils Magic Johnson Ads

April 28, 2014–Little Rock, AR–A new “Stand Up 4 Public Schools” ad featuring legendary basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr. has been debuted by the National School Boards Association (NSBA).

Stand Up 4 Public Schools is NSBA’s  public advocacy campaign that celebrates the good things happening in public schools. In the ad, Johnson notes, “Who I am today began with public education,” the campaign tagline.

He also states, “I developed a strong work ethic at home in Lansing, MI. My ...

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