Funding to improve computer science, STEM programs

Local students could see the benefits of increased spending for computer science and STEM programs during the 2016-17 school year. The efforts to increase computer-focused learning in local schools coincides with a statewide initiative led by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to increase access to computer science and STEM careers.

First and second graders score low on basic skills test

Results from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, which was taken by Arkansas public school students this spring, were released last week for first and second grade students. The results reveal where each district’s youngest test takers fall in relation to their peers from across the nation in math and English language arts.

Signatures submitted for medical marijuana proposal

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Supporters of medical marijuana turned in thousands of signatures Monday in an effort to put their legalization proposal on the Arkansas ballot this fall, and called on backers of a competing ballot measure to end their campaign.