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 Can I still go to college if I didn’t graduate this year?  
Can I still go to college if I didn’t graduate this year?
A college education opens the doors to success and opportunity. As an admission officer, these are the words that I often shared with various audiences during outreach events for parents and students. But while inspiring those who were already on track for college was rewarding, I never forgot about those students who were in danger of dropping out or who might be a few credits short of graduating. The reasons why Hispanic students drop out of school, include poor academic preparation, ....

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 UALR Students earn travel for national LULAC conference UALR Students earn travel for national LULAC conference
Three University of Arkansas at Little Rock students attended the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) national conference in New York City, courtesy of the Richard Family Trust and Walmart. The students, Javier Contreras and Carlos Sepulveda, both economics majors from Little Rock, and Sandra Carmona-Garcia, an undeclared sophomore, are actively involved in the UALR chapter of LULAC as vice president, parliamentarian, and secretary respectively. They traveled to New York J....

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 No Child Left Behind waiver extended for Arkansas

No Child Left Behind waiver extended for Arkansas
Arkansas will continue for another year to get some leeway in meeting requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The U.S. Department of Education announced that Arkansas and five other states have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain requirements of the Bush-era education reform law. The state’s original waiver was set to expire this summer but the extension will allow it to move forward with reforms designed to improve student achievement. ....

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 Chicot Primary School wins student video contest
Chicot Primary School wins student video contest
¡Hola! Arkansas congratulates it's Little Rock School District Partner in Education, Chicot Primary School, winner of the Education for a New Generation: 2014 Student Video Contest. The contest featured student-created videos showcasing the benefits and positive changes Arkansas Common Core State Standards have made on schools, student and teachers. “All of the schools that participated did an outstanding job of showing how the standards have benefitted their schools,” Arkansas Department ....

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 Summertime learning brings a lifetime of benefits  Summertime learning brings a lifetime of benefits
What's the most critical time of the year for American students? If you guessed back-to-school season or final exams week, you'd be wrong. Believe it or not, summer vacation has an enormous impact on everything from mathematics to reading development for young learners. Just a couple months can result in significant learning losses for students. Researchers have found the test results are dramatically lower immediately following summer break. There's a lot parents and caring adults can do....

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 Hernandez named ADE Deputy Commissioner Hernandez named ADE Deputy Commissioner
Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell announced that Mike Hernandez has been selected as deputy commissioner. Hernandez is the first Mexican-American to hold that position. Mike Hernandez will assume his new position July 1. He will replace Tony Wood, who will leave the position effective June 30. “Hernandez’s leadership style and expertise have prepared him to be the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) next deputy commissioner,” Kimbrell said. “His background as a ....

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 Hispanics need to complete bachelor’s degrees Hispanics need to complete bachelor’s degrees
The college enrollment among Hispanics has more than tripled since 1996, according to a recent study conducted by Pew Research. The study counted both two and four-year schools to calculate the college enrollment rate, and found that the enrollment rate among Hispanics ages 18-24 exceeded that of whites, with 49% and 47%, respectively. As of 2012, 19% of 18-24 enrolled college students were Hispanic, marking a significant increase since the initial study in 1996. However, the study als....

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 Learning Spanish and maintaining our cultural heritage Learning Spanish and maintaining our cultural heritage
Having been born in Nicaragua, I figured teaching Spanish would be a piece of cake. After the first day of class, however, I realized I was way in over my head … with my Spanish class! How could this be? Shouldn’t a native speaker be the ideal teacher for this course? About a week later, I begged my department chair to let me teach Spanish 1 for non-speakers I could explain the difference between “ser” and “estar” much better than I could explain accent rules in Spanish. My parents div....

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American kids weigh in on what language the U.S. speaks
When the multilingual Coke ad came under siege at first I couldn't be bothered to listen to the noise, because that's all it was to me misguided rumbling that didn't deserve attention. But as the clamor crowded headlines and my twitter stream, I knew our children were the ones who had the most powerful message for us all. Bilingualism is the proud voice of the U.S. with a growing percentage of children growing up bilingual and multilingual. For these kids, bilingualism is just as America....
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UA Board establishes online university, eVersity
The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas approved the creation of the University of Arkansas System eVersity, an online university dedicated to serving adult students who are unable to access traditional higher education campuses. “The University of Arkansas System has a rich portfolio of talent that resides in the faculty and staff of our 17 institutions and divisions,” Bobbitt said. “I’m confident that we will, and in fact, must, bring this array of talent to bear on Governor ....
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UA Board establishes online university, eVersity
The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas approved the creation of the University of Arkansas System eVersity, an online university dedicated to serving adult students who are unable to access traditional higher education campuses. “The University of Arkansas System has a rich portfolio of talent that resides in the faculty and staff of our 17 institutions and divisions,” Bobbitt said. “I’m confident that we will, and in fact, must, bring this array of talent to bear on Governor ....
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SAT test to become more rigorous
Creators of the SAT exam announced plans to toughen the test in the face of stagnant national scores, planning to challenge students to provide more analysis, cite evidence and even turn in their calculators before answering some math questions. The new version will be first administered in 2016. The SAT is a rite of passage for high school students seeking admission to college. Many, but not all, universities require SAT scores as part of the admissions process. About 1.6 million student....
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Nursing Careers: Great opportunity to Hispanics in Arkansas
Since 1921, Baptist Health Schools Little Rock has served the needs of residents throughout Arkansas and the region by providing quality clinical-focused health care education in the areas of nursing and allied health. BHSLR is proud to serve the Hispanic population of Central Arkansas with all nine programs. "What sets BHSLR apart from other institutions of higher education is the opportunity for clinical experiences, a dedication to excellence in education and the desire to care for stu....
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New initiative reach to parents to improve Hispanic education
Hispanic and African American youth face numerous barriers to their academic and social progress, and we need to speak frankly to find solutions, said Monday the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. During a breakfast with media covering the Hispanic community, Duncan praised the new "My Brother's Keeper" initiative launched for President Barack Obama to promote the advancement minority youth inside and outside the classroom. The new initiative, looking for help from the private sector and....
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Closing several schools in North Little Rock
The North Little Rock School District is closing several schools to make up for millions of dollars they will lose in the desegregation settlement. Between now and 2016 the district will be doing away with several schools and dozens of positions in their effort to save the county $70 million. It's a daunting task. The superintendent said the district has been planning on doing it for years now. "I hope that it will do some good," said Frederick Gilmore, a parent and employee in the distr....
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