Johnny Key

Secretary of the Department of Education

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On May 22, 2019 – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Johnny Key as the Secretary of the Department of Education as part of his plan to transform state government. Key currently serves the state as the Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), soon to be known as the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. He will continue to serve in both capacities.

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Arkansas Department of Education : DESE and DHE Provisions Temporarily Suspended for COVID-19 Rapid Response

Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed Executive Order 20-06. This is an amendment to his original emergency declaration regarding COVID-19.


Guidance for Arkansas Schools Regarding COVID-19

Because the ADE shares a primary responsibility for the safety and well-being of AR students, the DESE would like to provide guidance and information related COVID-19.


Governor Hutchinson Unveils New Logos for State’s 15 Newly Created Departments

Governor Asa Hutchinson today unveiled new logos that represent each of the state’s 15 newly created cabinet-level departments as well as a general seal to represent all of Arkansas state government.

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G.U.I.D.E. for Life

The ADE Division of Elementary and Secondary Education has identified five guiding principles that support educators, business leaders, communities, and students in their efforts to help all Arkansans develop these critical skills. The principles represents skills needed to thrive at home, school, on the job, and in the community are: Growth (manage yourself), Understanding (know yourself), Interaction (build relationships), Decisions (make responsible choices), and Empathy (be aware of others).

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Transformation Savings

Post Transformation., ADE has been able to save $697,625.53 in the areas of Digital Transformation (Intranet Apps), Information Systems Development and Human Resources.

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Transformation Savings

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