Wednesday, March 5 2014 11:11 AM EST2014-03-05 16:11:34 GMT
BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Poor road conditions have stranded hundreds of motorists in Region 8. Most, along I-55 in Mississippi County. "We were all the way in Missouri on foot just walking," Shondra WrightMore >
Roughly 50 Region 8 residents from Blytheville area churches and organizations spent hundreds of dollars and hours of their time walking along I-55 bringing food and water to those stranded motorists.More >
Wednesday, March 5 2014 8:16 AM EST2014-03-05 13:16:07 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Traffic remains at a standstill on Interstate 55 in Arkansas as Tuesday night after some drivers have been stranded for hours. Other motorists pulled over for the night and will wait untilMore >
Traffic remains at a standstill on Interstate 55 in Arkansas Tuesday night after some drivers have been stranded for hours.More >
Wednesday, March 5 2014 7:14 AM EST2014-03-05 12:14:43 GMT
The wintry weather that has moved into south Louisiana is causing problems for drivers early Tuesday morning. Louisiana State Police said I-10 East near Whiskey Bay is closed due to a crash. Troopers addedMore >
The wintry weather that moved through south Louisiana Tuesday morning caused problems for drivers throughout the day, as several major roadways were closed until the afternoon.More >
Wednesday, March 5 2014 5:04 AM EST2014-03-05 10:04:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Arkansas State Police say traffic is stop and go in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 from the Missouri state line to West Memphis, Arkansas. Authorities say troopers have been in contactMore >
Drivers were still stranded on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 and on both sides of Interstate 40 in Arkansas Monday afternoon. Traffic turned into a slow crawl later in the evening.More >
Tuesday, March 4 2014 11:28 PM EST2014-03-05 04:28:53 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Drivers are still stranded on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 and on both sides of Interstate 40 in Arkansas. Many drivers were forced to sleep in their cars since the backup on I-55 beganMore >
Drivers were still stranded on the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 and on both sides of Interstate 40 in Arkansas Tuesday afternoon. Traffic turned into a slow crawl later in the evening.More >
Tuesday, March 4 2014 9:12 PM EST2014-03-05 02:12:45 GMT
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 road crews and motorists were still battling the aftermath of the latest winter storm Tuesday. Arkansas Highway Department crews pre-treated the roads with sand and saltMore >
Region 8 road crews and motorists are still battling the aftermath of the latest winter storm. More >
The process allows teachers to upload work online and have students view it with a connected device at home.
Schools in Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania are already on board. Though it is important to note use of this technology is left up to school districts or individual schools, not mandated by states.
Domenech acknowledged the gap between those schools and ones in other areas, particularly those where a large number of students come from low-income homes.
"In other states that's an issue, but an issue that's disappearing very quickly," Domenech said. "Everybody has a cell phone, a handheld device, some sort of device that can be used to do this. In communities that are on a lower income scale, districts are beginning to provide for that."
Closing this gap is the priority of ConnectED, the White House's initiative to connect 99 percent of U.S. schools digitally within the next five years.
Part of that plan is to build on programs that already exist to invest in broadband infrastructure for rural areas.
Until then, future bouts of unpredictable weather will likely produce a similar hodgepodge of solutions for making up lost days.
It is usually left up to each administration how it wants to recoup that lost time, and in most cases they are legally required to hold a certain number of educational days each school year.
Catoosa County Public Schools in Georgia, for example, decided to add 20 minutes to each school day until the end of the year. Students start five minutes earlier and dismiss 15 minutes later.
"I know families have vacations planned for spring break and Memorial Day," Superintendent Denia Reese said in a letter to parents. "I believe adding 20 minutes each day is better for families, and for student achievement, than using spring break or adding days at the end of the year."
Not every administration used that school of thought, especially those that burned all their weather days in early January.
"There is no shortage of examples and models out there of what districts can do," Domenech said. "There are districts right now that are off on spring break that have to extend the school year. It varies state by state depending on what each state allows.
"There are states that after a certain number of days allow for forgiveness where you don't have to make those days up. For instance, like Virginia or Maryland, they have provisions that say if they lost more than 10 days they don't have to make those days up."
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With many out and about on lunch hour, a near-derecho force squall line with 80+ MPH winds slammed through NE Arkansas and the MO Bootheel, leaving behind damage that few have seen from straight line winds.More >
With many out and about on lunch hour, a near-derecho force squall line with 80+ MPH winds slammed through NE Arkansas and the MO Bootheel, leaving behind damage that few have seen from straight line winds. More >
Friday, August 22 2014 3:26 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:26:19 GMT
Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this...More >
Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power...More >
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:06:18 GMT
Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save...More >
Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of...More >