The Learning Pass Initiative
Community Institutions team up to create innovative experiential learning program
LITTLE ROCK (April 22, 2014) – Exalt Education, a Little Rock non-profit
organization, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, launched
on Tuesday an innovative learning program called the Learning Pass. ..
Committee applies for charter school
The Springfield Charter School Steering Committee has submitted its application to open a charter school in Springfield.
The application was sent to Robertson County Schools Director Mike Davis, the county Board of Education and to the state.
Davis confirmed that he received the application on Monday, March 31. He said his staff has begun reviewing it.
“We’re going to do our due diligence and totally evaluate the application to determine what action I will recommend to the board to take concerning the application,” Davis said. ..
Springfield One Step Closer To Getting Charter School
Charter schools have become more popular in the Mid-State recently. Now, school districts in Springfield have grown closer to getting its first charter school.
For years, the report card for schools in Springfield has not been pleasing to anyone. During the 2012- 2013 school year, nearly 65 percent of students in the third grade through the eighth grade performed below their grade level in math, reading and science.
This is difficult for many parents with few to no education alternatives.
A few years ago, a group of concerned citizens including former county commissioner Raymond Francis and Kathy Raglin formed a steering committee looking at alternative schools. They eventually chose the Little Rock, Arkansas based Exalt Education.
"We felt like their focus is where our need is and we were impressed the heart they have in trying to help children improve," said Raglin. ..
Board OKs review of one Little Rock charter school
The state Board of Education has voted not to review a decision to allow one new charter school in Little Rock, clearing the way for it to open, but to take a closer look at a second.
The Charter Authorizing Panel last month approved Exalt Academy of Southwest Little Rock just off Geyer Springs Road and Quest Middle School on Rahling Road in west Little Rock.
On Monday, the state board denied a request from the Little Rock School District to review the Exalt decision. But it voted 5-2 in favor of a review of Quest. That review hasn't been set, but it will come either at the board's January meeting or at a special meeting before then.