Legislation passed by Arkansas lawmakers this year requires new school construction to install water bottle filling stations. Supporters of the legislation say it will allow students to maintain proper hydration. Mary Miller, Coordinated School Health Coordinator with Springdale School District, says the stations can help students' health in many ways.
Student performances, from band to theater, have been at a standstill for more than a year. Tomorrow night ten actors at Fayetteville High School will perform a live play. The audience will still be virtual, but the cast and crew are gratrful for the opportunity.
In 2018, the Batesville School District voted to work with Entegrity Partners to go solar to make room in its budget for salary increases for teachers. Now, Entegrity is working with 20 other school districts to harness the power of the sun to save money. Aside from becoming more affordable overall, Arkansas laws like the Solar Access Act of 2019, have made it more economically feasible for public entities like school districts to make the switch to solar power.
The University of Arkansas Fort Smith will be going through some changes at the start of the new fiscal year in July. Chancellor Terisa Riley discusses the reorganization, which she says will not come with a loss of degree programs or jobs.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed two bills Monday that will raise the median teacher salary by $2,000 to $51,822 across the state. Senate Bill 504 and House Bill 1614 also create the Teacher Salary Equalization Fund, which dedicates $25 million in state funding to provide $185 dollars per student to districts that are below the median salary and can't meet the goal otherwise.