Foundations propose school partnership

With state, 2 aim to aid campuses called distressed

Posted: July 12, 2014 at 3:02 a.m.

Kathy Smith (left), senior program officer of the Walton Family Foundation, and Sherece West-Scantlebury, president and chief executive officer of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, answer questions Friday for the state Board of Education about a proposed philanthropic partnership with the state.

Two of Arkansas' most prestigious philanthropic foundations want to join the state Department of Education to develop a comprehensive plan for raising public school student achievement, particularly in schools and districts identified as academically distressed.

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