Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
August 10th, 2017 • News

August 10, 2017- Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 91st General Assembly.

  • This year, because of legislative approval of Act 930 of 2017, back to school takes on new meaning for teachers and administrators. The act was passed earlier this year, during the regular session. It makes broad changes in how the state Education Department holds local school districts accountable for student achievement.
  • Act 930 requires educators to write a learning plan for all students, not just those who are below grade level. In the past, teachers wrote plans for students whose standardized test scores were below grade level.
  • I hope the changes in Act 930 put behind us some of the controversies created by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which was enacted in Washington in 2002. Arkansas became one of 24 states that chose to waive provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, because they were unworkable.
  • About 7,000 school buses will be picking up and dropping off 350,000 Arkansas school children this year. So when you come up on a stationary school bus with its red lights on, please wait and do not pass it.
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