Dis­trict sup­port on meet­ings’ agenda

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OBITUARIES - CYN­THIA HOW­ELL

The Arkansas Board of Ed­u­ca­tion will book­end its reg­u­lar monthly busi­ness meet­ings Thurs­day and Fri­day with a cou­ple of in­for­mal work ses­sions, in­clud­ing one on de­vel­op­ing sup­port and exit cri­te­ria for dis­tricts in aca­demic and fis­cal trou­ble.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Board’s reg­u­lar busi­ness meet­ing will be­gin at 10 a.m. Thurs­day and 9 a.m. Fri­day. Thurs­day’s long agenda in­cludes a hear­ing on the pro­posed re­newal of the state char­ter for the Pine Bluff Light­house Academy and re­ports on the Lit­tle Rock School Dis­trict’s spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and dys­lexia pro­grams.

The Thurs­day meet­ing will be pre­ceded by a 9 a.m. board work ses­sion with staff from the Learn­ing Ser­vices sec­tion of the Arkansas Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. Top­ics will in­clude al­ter­na­tive path­ways to grad­u­a­tion.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Board’s 9 a.m. Fri­day meet­ing has an agenda that con­sists pri­mar­ily of re­ports from state Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sioner Johnny Key and Ed­u­ca­tion Board mem­bers. The meet­ing will be fol­lowed with the work ses­sion on the sup­port and exit cri­te­ria for dis­tricts clas­si­fied as be­ing in fis­cal dis­tress or Level 5 — in need of in­ten­sive sup­port — for aca­demic achieve­ment prob­lems.

School dis­tricts that op­er­ate un­der the di­rec­tion of the state and that will be af­fected by Ed­u­ca­tion Board de­ci­sions on exit cri­te­ria are Lit­tle Rock, Pine Bluff, Dol­lar­way and Earle.

The meet­ing takes place in the Arch Ford Ed­u­ca­tion Build­ing at 4 Capi­tol Mall in Lit­tle Rock.

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