Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Air Force Association of Arkansas Accepting Nominations for Teacher of the Year


The Air Force Association of Arkansas is accepting nominations for Teacher of the Year. The program recognizes teachers for their efforts to encourage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

Cody Decker Named ADE Assistant Commissioner


Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announce Cody Decker as the agency's new assistant commissioner of Research and Technology.

KARK Gives ADE Gold Medal Givers Award


KARK presented the Arkansas Department of Education with the Gold Medal Givers 2014 award January 16, 2014, during the KARK 4 Today morning show.

ADE Updates Its Data Center Website


The Arkansas Department of Education recently updated its Data Center website. Besides a new look, the site is easier to navigate.

State Board of Education Dinner/Work Session Thursday Cancelled


Due to inclement weather, the State Board of Education dinner/work session scheduled for 5:30 p.m. January 9, 2014, at Copper Grill, 300 E. Third St. #101, Little Rock, is cancelled.

State Board of Education Meeting Thursday Postponed


Due to inclement weather, the State Board of Education meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014, is postponed. The reports that were on the agenda for Thursday will be delivered during the February meeting.

Arkansas State Offices to Open Thursday with Two-hour Delay


Governor Mike Beebe has put the Inclement Weather Policy into effect to allow state employees an extra two hours to navigate potentially icy roads in the Little Rock Metropolitan Area Thursday morning. Essential personnel should report at their regular times when requested.

Three School Districts Pilot Teacher Cadets Program


Teaching continues to remain a high-demand occupation in Arkansas. To help offset that need, three Arkansas school districts are piloting the Arkansas Teacher Cadets program, a teacher preparation program offered through the Arkansas Department of Education.

Four Arkansas Districts Named to 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll


Four Arkansas school districts were named to the 4th Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll.

The U.S. Department of Education awards Arkansas more than $5 million through the School Improvement Grants Program


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that seven states will receive over $43.4 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through the Department's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. Two of the states -- Arkansas and Kentucky – will receive awards to run a new competition for previously unfunded schools.

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