LITTLE ROCK â€” Opponents of a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math that have been fully adopted in most states asked Arkansas lawmakers Monday to back out of the standards, saying the plan takes away the state's control over its classrooms.
Teachers, parents and national groups opposed to the Common Core standards urged lawmakers to drop the benchmarks as a legislative panel opened a two-day long hearing. Arkansas is among 45 states that have adopted the standards, which will be fully implemented in the state by the 2014-2015 school year.
Saline County is under a severe thunderstorm watch today until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
With Duchess Kate in the hospital in labor, the Associated Press has released a timeline of events from the couple's life and pregnancy.
LONDON â€” Prince William and his wife Kate, both 31, are expecting their first child, to be third in line for the throne. Here are some highlights of their lives and of the royal pregnancy:
â€”Sept. 2001: Prince William and Kate Middleton meet at St Andrews University in Scotland where they are both studying art history.