Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Laws and Regulations


Research-based techniques are the founding premise of non-traditional education initiatives. As noted in the ADE Rules Governing the Distribution of Student Special Needs Funding and the Determination of Allowable Expenditure of Those Funds, documentation of services for Alternative Learning Environments are necessary.  As mandated in these rules, documentation of entry, exit, and specific service goals are imperative to demonstrate the innovative approach that educators use to meet the needs of diverse groups of students.



Chapter 48 Alternative Learning Environments (PDF)

Commissioner's Memos

  • LIC-17-010 Licensure Exceptions and AQT   
  • LIC-17-001 Additional Optional Assessment for Educators to Demonstrate Content Knowledge for Arkansas Qualified Teacher (AQT) Rules


For more information, please contact:

Jared Hogue, Director of Alternative Education
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 425
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-324-9660
Fax: 501-375-6488
C.W. Gardenhire, Ed.D., Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
England Center, Room 106
P.O. Box 1000
Beebe, AR 72012
Phone: 501-882-4498
Fax: 501-375-6488
Deborah Bales, Program Advisor

Arkansas Department of Education

Division of Learning Services

P.O. Box 398

Cushman, AR 72526

Phone: 501-580-2775
Fax: 501-375-6488

State Standards

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Licensure & Certification

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