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On the jump, a news release from Gov. Mike Beebe on a task force to study after-school and summer education programs. What? Playing ball isn't good enough? (joking)


In January’s State of the State Address, Governor Beebe pledged to search for the best ways to involve Arkansas students in after-school and summer programs.  Beebe has now signed an executive order creating a task force to do just that.  Over the next year, the Governor’s Task Force on Best Practices for After-School and Summer Programs will seek the most effective ways to make such opportunities available to as many Arkansas students as possible.

            " Good after-school programs can further enrich a student’s education while providing safe and well-organized afternoon activities," Beebe said. "The same can be said for summer programs, which can keep young minds actively learning during the months between school years."

            The Task Force, comprised of parents, teachers, school administrators and Department of Education leaders will work to draft potential after-school and summer-program legislation for the 2009 session.  The members of the Task Force are the following:


Dr. Darlene Baker, Bryant

Dr. Jay Barth, Little Rock

Senator Shane Broadway, Bryant

Carol Brown, Wynne

Lynn Donald Carver, Springdale, Co-Chair

Dee Cox, Bryant

Cindy Doramus, Little Rock

Joe Fisher, Bryant

Rev. Kevin Kelly, Little Rock

Chuck Lange, Mayflower

W.J. Monagle, Little Rock

Maxine Nelson, Pine Bluff

Joe Paslay, Warren

Marty Sellars, Melbourne

Daniel Watson, Magnolia

Brad Williams, Little Rock

Dr. Diana Gonzales Worthen, Springdale

Patricia Wright, Arkadelphia, Co-Chair

Elisabeth Wright-Burak, Little Rock


            The Task Force will expire on December 31, 2008.

            Arkansas has also received a $10,000 grant from the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices to hold a governor’s summit next year to explore expanded learning opportunities.  The summit will contribute additional ideas and feedback toward the work of the Task Force.


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