Bentonville Public Schools

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Bentonville School District will open its virtual learning program to all students come August when schools are expecting to resume in-person instruction. The district already offered virtual learning to students grades five through 12 for a couple of years, but it will expand the program to students in grades K through four.

Courtesy / Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement

The Bentonville School District is hosting a Choose Love Community Celebration during its Fall Harvest Festival Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon on the Old High Middle School campus. The featured speaker is Scarlett Lewis, mother of Jesse Lewis, killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. She is also the founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement.

After five years as superintendent at Bentonville, Michael Poore will take the same job in Little Rock.  That district is controlled by the state and faces multiple challenges.

MUSIC: "Space Race" Billy Preston

A new state law allows school districts to sell advertising space on its buses, but what are the benefits to the school districts that choose to do so, and what are the potential impacts for the children who ride those buses? We speak with the legislator who sponsored the new law and with the superintendent of one local school district that is considering selling school bus ads. We also hear from the director of one non-profit that doesn't think schools, or buses, are the right place for any advertising.

Sixth grade students at Ruth Barker Middle School turn the cafeteria there into Elllis Island once a year.

MUSIC: “The Morning” The Weeknd