Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

News Releases

Media Advisory - State Board Meetings

11/04/2020

The State Board of Education will meet at 10 a.m. November 12, 2020, and 9 a.m. November 13, 2020, in the DESE Auditorium. This will be an onsite meeting with limited capacity in keeping with the governor’s directive and guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health. Individuals critical to the logistical operations of the meeting will be physically present. Everyone else is encouraged to watch via live stream.

Media Advisory - Arkansas State Council for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Meeting

10/29/2020

The Arkansas State Council for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children will meet via video conference at 10 a.m. November 5, 2020.

Arkansas State Council for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children's Committee Chair Work Session

10/22/2020

The Arkansas State Council for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children will hold a committee chair work session at 10 a.m. October 28, 2020.

Fort Smith Teacher Named 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year

10/19/2020

When Susanna Post, a math and business technology teacher at Belle Point Alternative Center in Fort Smith, arrived at school this morning, she had no idea that a huge surprise awaited her. During an 11 a.m. routine, socially-distant, assembly, Arkansas Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key recognized Post as the 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

Four Schools to Receive Funding to Operate School-Based Health Centers

10/12/2020

The Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Health, selected four Arkansas schools to each receive $542,000 over a five-year period to implement School-Based Health Centers. The centers will be fully operational during the 2021-2022 school year and will provide health and wellness services to students, staff, and families.

Media Advisory - Charter Authorizing Panel Meeting

10/05/2020

The Charter Authorizing Panel will meet at 9 a.m. October 13, 2020, at Four Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201. This will be an onsite meeting with limited capacity in keeping with the governor’s directive and guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health. Individuals critical to the logistical operations of the meeting will be physically present. Everyone else is encouraged to watch via live stream.

Media Advisory - State Board Meeting

09/30/2020

The State Board will meet at 10 a.m. October 8, 2020. This will be an onsite meeting with limited capacity in keeping with the governor’s directive and guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health. Individuals critical to the logistical operations of the meeting will be physically present. Everyone else is encouraged to watch via live stream.

Media Advisory - Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission Virtual Annual Business Meeting

09/30/2020

The Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission Virtual Annual Business Meeting will be held October 1-2, 2020 via video conference only.

Five Arkansas Schools Named 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools

09/24/2020

The U.S. Department of Education today named five Arkansas schools as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The schools are recognized for their overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation Teleconference Meeting

09/22/2020

The Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation will hold a teleconference meeting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2020.

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