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  • Connecting the Dots

    Walton Family Foundation's Kathy Smith discusses ForwARd Arkansas' role in enhancing opportunities for students.

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  • At-risk kids swell Arkansas truancy rate

    Thousands of Arkansas children skip too much school to make academic progress each year, according to recent federal data. At-risk youths struggle more with attendance, experts say -- especially children in foster care and those sent to juvenile court for truancy.

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  • To learn, change

    As state leaders and school leaders across Arkansas strive to make improvements to the quality of education we are delivering to our students in PK-12, there is one persistent challenge that we have yet to overcome.

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Susan Harriman Executive Director
Independence County Scholarship Program Helps High School Students Get a Head Start on Higher Education

Austin Simmons, a senior at Cedar Ridge High School, is taking an introductory English class at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB)

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Susan Harriman Executive Director
Pre-K a Pillar at Southside School District

By investing in high-quality Pre-K, we make sure students start their academic career on the right foot and stay ahead from the beginning. That’s certainly the belief at Southside School District in Independence County.

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Susan Harriman Executive Director
Pea Ridge Superintendent captures the attention of Summit attendees with District’s commitment to personalized learning and a workforce-ready student body

The Office of Innovation for Education and the Arkansas Department of Education hosted the 4th Annual Education Innovation Summit.

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