Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Governor Hutchinson Receives School Safety Commission’s Final Report


Five months to the day after the Arkansas School Safety Commission presented its preliminary report to Governor Asa Hutchinson, the commission submitted its final report to the governor this afternoon at a news conference at the State Capitol. The Commission’s five subcommittees made 30 recommendations that range from having an armed presence at schools to the design of school facilities to a focus on the effective use of counselors, which will allow better engagement with students in need of mental health services.

Gov. Hutchinson Announces Expansion of Stipend, Training Program


To encourage more educators to become licensed in computer science, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today the continuation and expansion of the K-8 Computer Science Lead Teacher Stipend and Training Program.

Arkansas Becomes First State to Launch Virtual Reality Concussion Education Program Statewide


Arkansas once again is leading the nation in computer science education with the launch of CrashCourse across the state and announcing the creation of a virtual reality accessible version of this game-changing concussion education program.

Media Advisory - Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation Meeting


The Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation will meet at 1 p.m. December 10, 2018, at the Arkansas Department of Heritage, 1100 North Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Educator Preparation Program Enrollment Increases for First Time in More than 5 Years


Statewide efforts to promote the teaching profession and increase the teacher pipeline are proving successful, as enrollment in educator preparation programs has increased for the first time in more than five years.

Media Advisory - Arkansas School Safety Commission Teleconference Meeting


The Arkansas School Safety Commission will meet via a teleconference call at 12 p.m. November 29, 2018.

Bailey Named Assistant Commissioner for Educator Effectiveness and Licensure


Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key is pleased to announce that Dr. Suzanne Bailey has been named the new assistant commissioner for Educator Effectiveness and Licensure. Bailey starts Dec. 3 and replaces Dr. Jeremy Owoh, who was appointed superintendent at the Pine Bluff School District.

Media Advisory - Charter Authorizing Panel Meeting Update


The time for the Charter Authorizing Panel work session has changed. The work session will begin at 10 a.m. November 13, 2018, instead of 9 a.m.

Media Advisory - Charter Authorizing Panel Meeting Update


The Charter Authorizing Panel will meet at 1:30 p.m. November 13, 2018, in the Professional Licensure Standards Board Conference Room #105-C, Arkansas Department of Education, Four Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Educators Encouraged to Promote Computer Science Best Practices via #ARKidsCanCode


With ongoing state and national recognition of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Computer Science Initiative, educators are encouraged to showcase student successes and computer science best practices in the classroom. Positive stories can be shared on social media using #ARKidsCanCode.

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