Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Two Arkansas Teachers Chosen as National Awardees for Presidential Teaching Award


On July 1, 2015, the White House announced the winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Amanda Jones, a science teacher at Poyen High School in Poyen, Arkansas, and Brian Leonard, a mathematics teacher at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, Arkansas, are recipients of the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Three Schools Selected to Receive School Improvement Funds


Three priority schools have been selected to receive federal School Improvement Grants worth approximately $3.1 million.

Members of Charter Authorizing Panel Named


Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key recently appointed new members to the Charter Authorizing Panel.

Clay Named New ADE General Counsel


ADE Commissioner Johnny Key is pleased to announce Kendra Clay as the new general counsel. She replaces Jeremy Lasiter, who was selected for a position with the Bryant School District. Clay will assume her new role July 1.

Granderson Named Interim Director of Facilities and Transportation Division


The Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation today selected Terry Granderson as the interim director of the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation. He replaces Dr. Charles Stein, who retired June 19. Granderson will begin his new role immediately.

Arkansas State Council for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Teleconference Meeting


The council will meet via teleconference at 1 p.m. June 22.

Four Districts Awarded Funds for School-Based Health Centers


Four school districts recently were selected to receive state funding to implement School-Based Health Centers during the 2015-2016 school year, bringing the total statewide to 27.

SBE Adopts Arkansas K-12 Science Standards for Grades K-4 and 5-8


The Arkansas State Board of Education unanimously voted today to adopt the Arkansas K-12 Science Standards for Grades K-4 and 5-8.

Media Advisory - SBE Meetings and Committee Meetings


The State Board of Education will meet June 11 and June 12 at the Pulaski County Special School District Board Room, 925 E. Dixon Road, Little Rock.

Announcement Regarding Future Academic Assessments


In light of the recommendation by the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review regarding statewide assessment, ADE will not renew its contract with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers when it expires June 30, 2015, and will pursue negotiating a contract with ACT and ACT Aspire to provide testing services for the 2015-2016 school year.

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