Key, Moore to lead groups nationwide; Beam Signature Set at Lacey Academy; Waltons Aid Fund to Teach the Holocaust
Key and Moore lead national bands
Two leaders from Arkansas are vying for leadership positions in national organizations.
Johnny Key, Arkansas education secretary, was chosen earlier this month to be chairman-elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Key, whose college degree is in chemical engineering, is set to succeed North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, who is the organization’s new president.
The Council’s Board of Directors manages all of the Council’s business affairs and is the governing body of the organization. The nonpartisan council seeks member consensus on education issues and articulates views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
Other members of the current board are senior education officials from Utah, Colorado, Vermont, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri and the District of Columbia.
Sarah Moore of Stuttgart, a member of the Arkansas Board of Education, is chair-elect of the board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Moore, a Little Rock native and former education policy adviser to Governor Asa Hutchinson, was named to the Arkansas Board of Education in 2018 by Hutchinson to represent Arkansas’ 1st congressional district. Moore, whose professional background includes being an elementary school teacher, has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a doctorate in education policy from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Beam Signature Set at Lacey Academy
The Little Rock School District and architectural/construction teams Cromwell and Clark/Con-Real will host a beam signing ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday to mark a milestone in the construction of the new Dr. Marian G. Lacey K- 8 Academy, at 9417 Geyer Springs Road.
A small group of students, staff, elected officials and community members will be present for the signing of the ceremonial beam which will be placed in a prominent location at the new Little Rock School. Members of Lacey’s family will also be present at Monday’s event.
The general public will have the opportunity to sign the beam later in the evening during the district’s Community Connections & Conversations forum featuring Superintendent Jermall Wright.
The beam will be temporarily moved to Life Line Baptist Church, 7601 Baseline Road – the site of the 5:30 p.m. community forum – so that those attending the meeting can sign.
The 10:30 a.m. ceremony and 5:30 p.m. community meeting will be streamed live on the district’s YouTube channel: www.lrsdlive.com.
Waltons Aid Fund to Teach the Holocaust
The Arkansas Holocaust Education Award Donation Fund last week received a $15,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation of Bentonville to support Holocaust education efforts in Arkansas.
The Education Donation Fund was established in 2021 by recent graduate of Little Rock Central High School, David Ronnel, after state lawmakers unanimously passed Bill 611 of 2021 which requires the Holocaust education be taught in all public schools in grades five through 12 beginning in the 2023-2024 school year.
The Walton Grant will be used to enhance public awareness and support for the Educational Awards Donation Fund, which will reward Arkansas educators who excel in teaching students about the Holocaust.
Although the fund is a statewide initiative, money from the Walton Foundation will be used to reward educators in Washington and Benton counties who demonstrate creativity and excellence in teaching the Holocaust.
The Arkansas Holocaust Education Awards of $1,000 to $5,000 — intended to improve the teaching of tolerance through lessons from the Holocaust — will be awarded annually in the spring of each school year.
Ronnel thanked the Walton Family Foundation for the donation.
“Arkansas schools can play a particularly important role in combating online hate speech and other currents of hatred, intolerance and intimidation that flow directly into young minds, Ronnel said. “Together, we can build more inclusive communities by teaching students tolerance through the lessons of the Holocaust.”
The fund is a component fund of the Arkansas Community Foundation.
More information and the opportunity to donate are available at www.arcf.org/AHEADFund.