Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

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Arkansas Recipients of Presidential Awards for Excellence Announced

08/05/2020

Two Arkansas teachers were recently selected as recipients of the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The recipients are Mary Hatch, Environmental and Spatial Technology, Grades 6-8, Harrison Middle School, Harrison School District (Science Award) and Melodie Murray, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, Advanced Topics and Mathematical Modeling, Pocahontas High School, Pocahontas School District (Math Award).

Neil Oatsvall Named 2020 Arkansas History Teacher of the Year

08/04/2020

Neil Oatsvall, a teacher at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, has been named the 2020 Arkansas History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Media Advisory - State Board Meeting

08/04/2020

The State Board will meet at 10 a.m. August 13, 2020. This will be an onsite meeting with limited capacity in keeping with the governor’s directive and the guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health. Individuals critical to the logistical operations of the meeting will be physically present. The meeting will be live streamed for public viewing.

Four Teachers Named 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year State Semi-Finalists

07/31/2020

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key announced the four teachers selected as 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year State Semi-Finalists. The semi-finalists were selected among 12 regional finalists and were recognized at an event today at the Governor’s Mansion.

Media Advisory - New Charter Authorizing Panel Members Appointed

07/29/2020

Arkansas Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key recently appointed Deborah Coffman, Ann Clemmer, and Sonja Wright-McMurray to the Charter Authorizing Panel.

Gov. Hutchinson Announces $10 Million for Wi-Fi Access Devices for Arkansas Schools

07/27/2020

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today the Arkansas Department of Education has signed agreements with AT&T and T-Mobile to purchase Wi-Fi access points and data plans at a reduced cost for every school district in the state.

Media Advisory - Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists Ceremony; Four State Semi-Finalists Announced

07/24/2020

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. July 31, 2020, at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion, 1800 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72206. Doors will open for regional finalists and other guests at 9:45 a.m.

Media Advisory - Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children's Committee Meetings

07/22/2020

The Arkansas State Council for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children's Family Forum Committee will hold a teleconference call meeting at 10 a.m. July 29, 2020.The Arkansas State Council for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children's Strategic Planning Committee will hold a video conference meeting at 10 a.m. July 30, 2020.

Media Advisory - Special State Board of Education Meeting

07/20/2020

The State of Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 110 a.m. July 23, 2020. The meeting will be live streamed for public viewing.

12 Teachers Named Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists

07/14/2020

The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to announce the 12 teachers named 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists.

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