University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

Across the Nation and in Little Rock …

In AR Legislature on September 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

One of the more interesting reads of the week-at least to ed wonks like us- is the Hechinger Report’s recent publication that examines the education views of the top 8  Candidates campaigning for the Republican nomination.  It’s a short, easy read. A few things that might be interesting/surprising:

  • Four of the eight explicitly oppose No Child Left Behind
  • Five of the eight are cited as being proponents of choice and charters
  • They vary in their support for a U.S. Department of Education, but the majority claim the federal role in education should be diminished, and a few on the list have even claimed they would abolish the U.S. Dept of Ed should they be elected

In Arkansas political education news, the Lt. Governor, Mark Darr, wrote a nice piece on integrating education technology into the classroom yesterday on his homepage. In the write-up he talks about the new Arkansas STEM initiative announced by Governor Beebe.

This initiative will be further discussed next week at the Joint Committee on Education at the State Capitol. Additionally the academic distress standards we recently blogged about, will also be discussed. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 10 AM in Room 171 of the State Capitol.

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