University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

Your State Government in Action: Mark Your Calendar

In The View from the OEP on October 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Monday October 8th is shaping up to be a busy day in Little Rock for those interested and/or involved in education policy.

For those interested, the Arkansas State Board of Education (SBE) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday Oct. 8th beginning at 9:00 AM. They have a number of items on their agenda, but one item that is sticking out is the petition by the DeWitt School District to close Gillett Elementary School. The District cited in their petition letter to the SBE (located on page 88 of the 712-page agenda with attachments) that closing Gillett Elementary School is a financially sound move for the district. We anticipate that there may be a lively discussion between the district, and any interested party called before the SBE that is NOT in favor of closing the school. One argument that might be made is that Gillett Elementary performed quite well on last Spring’s benchmark exams in math and literacy. In fact, Gillett Elementary was recognized for several of this year’s OEP Awards. We intend to be at the meeting to hear the outcome of this difficult decision.

Beginning at 10:00 AM, up the hill, the Joint House and Senate Education Committee will be meeting in room 171 of the Capitol. This is another meeting of much import as the committee members will be hearing from Richard Wilson as he discusses economic adjustments to the funding matrix. The committee will also be discussing the completion of the upcoming Adequacy Report. If you have any interest in school finance, it is a neat process to observe.

Note these other Education Committee-related meetings scheduled through October:

  • Monday October 15, 2012 – Joint House and Senate Education Committee meeting, 1:00 PM, State Capitol room 151
  • Monday October 22, 2012 – ALC-Higher Education Subcommittee, 3:00 PM, State Capitol room B, MAC
  • Monday October 29, 2012 – Joint House and Senate Education Committee meeting, 1:30 PM, State Capitol room 171
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