the model finds favor
The Little Rock School Board on Thursday passed a resolution pledging to “give intensive support” to the Ford Next Generation Learning model of career academies that are being implemented not only in traditional high schools in the district, but in high schools. of Pulaski County.
This support will be provided over the next five years to ensure that every high school faithfully carries out its academy plans and that the county-wide initiative known as the Academies of Central Arkansas is successful.
School boards in neighboring Pulaski County Special, North Little Rock and Jacksonville / North Pulaski school districts – prior to the Little Rock School Board’s reestablishment in 2020 – have previously passed resolutions supporting the initiative which is in its third year. of development.
The Central Arkansas Academies is a collaborative, multi-year effort of area school districts, chambers of commerce, and businesses to merge core academics and career preparation.
As part of the model, this school year 1,827 junior high school students in Little Rock are enrolled in the Freshman Seminar, a course designed to prepare students for academies, as well as for success in high school, post-secondary and vocational education.
Some of the career academies that are in different stages of development include Agricultural Affairs and Innovation at West High School of Innovation, Performing Arts at Parkview High School, and Health Sciences at Hall High School.
Ex-ed lawyer now
Mary Claire Hyatt, formerly an attorney with the Arkansas Department of Education, is the new general counsel for the Fayetteville School District.
âWe are very pleased to welcome Mary Claire Hyatt to our administrative team,â said Superintendent John L. Colbert last week. “She comes to us with impressive credentials, particularly in education law, and we are confident that she will be a great addition to our team.”
Within the state agency, much of Hyatt’s work has focused on assessing the demands made by traditional school systems, charter school systems, and charter school applicants on the compliance with state laws and rules, and their requests for deviation from state rules and laws.
Hyatt received his BA in American Studies from Hendrix College and his law degree from the WH Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, with honors magna cum laude.
Prior to her service with the Arkansas Department of Education, Hyatt was an Arkansas Legal Aid lawyer.
Hyatt is one of two lawyers to leave the state agency in recent weeks. Taylor Dugan resigned to move to North Carolina.
Suit on top job
to the delayed district
A jury trial has been postponed to the first week of January in a lawsuit filed by Pulaski County Special School District Assistant Superintendent Janice Warren against district leaders for failing to have him interviewed for the position of superintendent in 2018.
The trial was set this month before US District Judge Brian Miller.
Warren was acting superintendent when the school board searched for a permanent leader. Warren applied but was not selected for an interview.
She argued that she had not been interviewed for the top position due to gender discrimination by board members and in retaliation for revealing the district had deviated from its desegregation plan approved by the federal court for the construction of the new Robinson Middle and Mills University Studies. High schools.
U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. has since ruled that the Robinson building is superior to Mills and that the district needs to upgrade Mills, which is in a part of the district with a higher percentage of black students and of poor students than the Robinson Middle School District.
Warren was the acting district superintendent during the 2017-18 school year following the school board’s July 2017 dismissal of then-superintendent Jerry Guess for his refusal to fire the legal team that represented the school district at the time. She is the Assistant District Superintendent for Equity and Student Services.
Educator in Texas
accept NLR position
Torrye Hooper, a school support officer who oversees 13 principals of public schools in Houston, Texas, has been appointed deputy superintendent of the North Little Rock School District.
Hooper has over 20 years of education experience as a former teacher, district specialist, deputy principal, principal and supervisor. She has been recognized for overseeing double-digit growth in academic progress on several campuses under her leadership.
Hooper received a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas Southern University. She also obtained Spanish language learner certifications while studying abroad in Costa Rica.
She began her educational career as a biology teacher in the Aldine Independent School District in Houston.
“Dr. Hooper has a proven track record in turning schools around and improving student outcomes,” said North Little Rock Superintendent Gregory J. Pilewski recently. âI look forward to her leadership and the transformative change and improvement she will bring to our district.