One more reason Arkansas education lags...

(October 28, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Arkansas House Speaker Herschel Cleveland says he will investigate why a program intended to increase the number of teachers graduating in math, science and other high-demand subjects has NOT been implemented. Legislators learned yesterday that the program has not been started. A law authorizing the program was signed this spring, and Cleveland says a year has been wasted. The program is known as STAR for state teacher assistance resource program. It would provide up to six thousand dollars a year in scholarships to third- and fourth-year education majors who agree to go into high-demand subject areas such as math, science or foreign languages or who agree to teach in areas of the state with teacher shortages, like the Mississippi Delta. Steve Floyd, deputy director of the department of higher education, says the agency did not have enough employees to implement the program this year.