University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

Edu-News from around the State

In The View from the OEP on June 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

If you don’t have access to a newspaper or news of any other media outlet, you might have missed some pretty important edu-news. This week the State Ed Commissioner Tom Kimbrell ordered the state takeover of both the Helena-West Helena School District and the Pulaski County Special School District. Financial challenges played a role in both scenarios. John Lyon provides a summary of the takeovers here. The ADE has an official press release regarding the Pulaski County Special School District here, and the Helena-West Helena School District here.

If you’re looking to retire or interested in retirement news, check out this week’s Director’s Updates from ARTRS (Arkansas Teacher Retirement System). An interesting quote from the update:

In 2009, ATRS had 1,447 July 1st retirees and 705 new T-DROP participants. In 2010, ATRS had 1,329 July 1st retirees and 627 new T-DROP participants. In 2011, ATRS estimates the July 1st retirees to be 1,400 and the new T-DROP participants to be 584. These numbers indicate that ATRS members are working longer and entering T-DROP participation a little later. ATRS has emphasized the early entry penalty in T-DROP in the last couple of years.

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