Documents for August 2015

Priority schools: 2012-14

Priority schools: 2012-14

The Arkansas Department of Education has identified 46 Arkansas schools as "priority schools," meaning they were the lowest achieving 5 percent of schools in the state over a three-year period, 2012-14, on state Benchmark and End-of-Course math and literacy tests. To be removed from the list, the schools must meet annual achievement goals and graduation goals for two consecutive years on new exams that are replacing the discontinued state tests.

Aug 31, 2015

Fayetteville lawsuit

Fayetteville lawsuit

A lawsuit challenging the validity of a Fayetteville ordinance set for a Sept. 8 special election.

Aug 31, 2015

Focus schools: 2012-14

Focus schools: 2012-14

The Arkansas Department of Education has identified 105 Arkansas schools as "focus schools," which are the 10 percent of the state's public schools that have the largest achievement gaps between student groups on state Benchmark and End-of-Course exams over three years: 2012, 2013 and 2014. The gap that is measured is the one between the "Targeted Achievement Gap Group," or TAGG group, and the students who are not in that group, the non-TAGG students. The TAGG group is made up of students who are from low-income families, have disabilities or are learning English as a second language. To be removed from the list, schools must meet annual achievement and graduation goals for two consecutive years on new exams that are replacing the Benchmark and End of Course exams.

Aug 31, 2015

Springdale Chief of Police Job Description

Springdale Chief of Police Job Description

A job description for the Springdale Chief of Police.

Aug 26, 2015

Arkansas 2015 ACT report

Arkansas 2015 ACT report

ACT profile report on Arkansas 2015 graduating class

Aug 26, 2015

Governor letter about Medicaid suspension

Governor letter about Medicaid suspension

Hutchinson letter to General Assembly about ending suspension of Medicaid terminations.

Aug 18, 2015

Hutchinson letter on Common Core to state Board of Education

Hutchinson letter on Common Core to state Board of Education

Hutchinson letter on Common Core to state Board of Education of Aug. 12, 2015.

Aug 13, 2015

Operation Blynd Justus indictment list

Operation Blynd Justus indictment list

The 18-month-long operation, called Blynd Justus, coincided with the unsealing of 40 federal indictments charging 70 people -- mostly residents of Blytheville -- with crimes such as methamphetamine distribution, crack distribution and possession of a firearm by a felon. The indictments were handed up by a federal grand jury Aug. 5. This is the list of those indicted.

Aug 12, 2015

Department of Health letter

Department of Health letter

Arkansas Department of Health alerted about 500 in-home service employees that the program would end sometime in 2016 via a letter from department director Dr. Nathaniel Smith.

Aug 10, 2015

LRSD's proposed teacher contract

LRSD's proposed teacher contract

The Little Rock School District's proposed teacher contract for 2015-16

Aug 10, 2015

Wendi Cheatham resignation letter

Wendi Cheatham resignation letter

Wendi Cheatham's resignation letter.

Aug 10, 2015

Department of Human Services letter

Department of Human Services letter

This is a sample of the letter the Arkansas Department of Human Services has been sending to Medicaid recipients and private option enrollees advising them they have 10 days to supply income information to the state to verify their eligibility for the government health insurance programs. On Tuesday, the governor announced a two-week moratorium on sending out the notices and on disqualifying recipients to allow Human Service Department workers time to plow through a backlog of pay stubs and other income records.

Aug 5, 2015

Proposed detachment agreement

Proposed detachment agreement

The new 4,000 student Jacksonville School District, which has a state-appointed interim School Board, remains for the time being under the direction of the Pulaski County Special School District while officials plan the division of employees, assets and debts. The new 100-square-mile district will begin operating on its own July 1, 2016.

Aug 4, 2015

Arkansas general revenue report for July (FY 2016)

Arkansas general revenue report for July (FY 2016)

Arkansas general revenue report for July (FY 2016)

Aug 4, 2015

Tyson Foods third-quarter 2015 earnings

Tyson Foods third-quarter 2015 earnings

Tyson Foods third-quarter 2015 earnings

Aug 3, 2015

Exxon's response to Central Arkansas Water

Exxon's response to Central Arkansas Water

Exxon responds to Central Arkansas Water's letter to the judge reviewing the proposed consent decree that would settle the joint state and federal lawsuit over the Pegasus pipeline spill in Mayflower.

Aug 1, 2015