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Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - AR: Early Childhood Education

Scientists have determined that around 90% of a child's brain is developed by age 5. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A group of lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle agree Arkansas needs to invest more in its youngest residents. They've formed a caucus focused on creating evidence-based policies for the 2021 General Assembly. Executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children a

Poor pay and benefits for preschool teachers are seen as a threat to the success of Arkansas' early-education programs. (MonkeyBusiness/AdobeStock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Even as enrollment for 3- and 4-year-olds in Arkansas preschools increased last year, the state cut funding for early education, according to a new report. The study, by the National Institute for Early Education Research, found the Arkansas preschool program meets eight out of

A new report says that students who miss more than 18 days of school are considered chronically absent and at risk for reading below their grade level. (Gallup/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new report shows that more than 150 Arkansas public schools have high rates of chronic absenteeism. The study, published by Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center, found rates of 30 percent or higher at 50 schools and 20 to 29 percent at another 109 campuses

Arkansas schools are ranked seventh in the country for the number of low-income students in the School Breakfast Program. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The annual School Breakfast Scorecard ranks Arkansas seventh in the nation for the number of low-income students who participate in both breakfast and lunch programs. The report from the Food Research and Action Center charts the progress of its national push to increase t

Some 290,000 Arkansas children quality for free or reduced-price lunch at school, and there's an effort under way to make sure they get breakfast too. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – More than 60 percent of Arkansas children qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school, and there's an effort underway to provide them with breakfast as well. The Food Research and Action Center's School Breakfast Scorecard for the 2014-2015 school year shows Arkansa

From cafeteria workers to bus drivers, it takes a lot of people to make a successful school experience for Arkansas kids. Credit: AnitaPepper/morguefile.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - This is American Education Week, to honor all the people it takes to provide a quality education to students. Today is "Education Support Professionals Day," a nod to the contributions of school bus drivers, janitors, food-service workers and classroom aides. Arkansas Educatio

According to federal figures, nearly 5000 pre-school kids were suspended from school in the most recent year. A disproportionate number were minority children. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost 5000 American children have been suspended from pre-school for behavior issues, acording to the latest federal figures, and a disproportionate number were minority kids. According to Jerri Derlikowski, education policy director at Arkansas Advocates for Families and Chil

PHOTO: A new study finds Arkansas children, and particularly children of color, are falling behind in education and other measures of well-being. Photo courtesy the U.S. Dept. of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The serious gaps in achievement for children of color in Arkansas are the subject of a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation checked the progress of America's kids and found that in Arkansas, white children are not doing especially well - but black and Latino children are doi

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