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LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas LEARNS’ new education law – now has its own website:

The Arkansas Department of Education recently launched a comprehensive website to highlight the Arkansas Learns Act and its implementation while also promoting transparency.

According to the Arkansas Department of Education, which stands for Literacy, Empowerment, Accountability, Readiness, Networking, and School Safety, the Learning System (LEARNS) is the most comprehensive education reform law passed in Arkansas.

Since Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed the Arkansas Learns Act into law on March 8, the department has been working hard with an eye on implementation.

ADE Secretary Jacob Oliva said: “We promised the Governor, lawmakers and the public that we would implement the Learning Act faithfully and transparently, and this new website helps us deliver on that commitment. The website serves as another communication tool that promotes sharing of educational information with students, parents and educators.”

In addition to a link to the LEARNS Act, the site also features an Executive Orders tab at the top including links to Executive Orders related to the department. ADE’s response to each request is posted in the section.

Executive Order 23-08, which prioritizes LEARNS, is the department’s principal executive order. Comprehensive responses, which include commitments from the department, are located under the Executive Orders tab, as well as on the Action Items and Reports tabs at the top of the site.

In addition to sections, the LEARNS website also includes a “Working Groups” section that contains information about groups that will develop recommendations for the rulemaking process, as well as information about ADE transparency dashboards, student statistics, school districts, and staff.

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