Arkansas coronavirus cases rise, new assistance announced
By Andrew DeMillo | March 18, 2020

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The Arkansas Education Association said it’s talking frequently with state leaders and raised concerns that its members have about the outbreak’s impact on schools.

“The longer our students are out of school the more concerns will arise, but considerations are being made for all students, certified and classified public school employees to ensure that their health, safety and financial security are at the forefront of the decisions being made by state officials,” Carol Fleming, the group’s president, said in a statement.


Year-end testing off for state's students: Federal waivers offered on exams
by Cynthia Howell | March 21, 2020

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Carol Fleming, president of the Arkansas Education Association of teachers and support staff in the state, said its members appreciated the efforts of state officials "as we navigate together through unchartered waters.

"We support the difficult decision to halt testing for the school year," Fleming said. "We know this decision will have ramifications; however, it will allow students, parents, and educators to focus on learning.

"Of all the things we teach our kids, the most important is a love of learning," she added. "Tests are not the only measure of student performance or teacher effectiveness. Kids learn best when educators have the time to focus on inspiring curiosity, creativity and critical thinking skills."