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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Little Rock School Board politicking begins

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 7:19 AM

News this morning from a group of volunteers that have been working to improve some Little Rock district schools most in need is that one of those volunteers, Jim Ross, will be a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Little Rock School Board now held by Jody Carreiro. I've asked Carreiro about his plans for the September election. UPDATE: He said he's not made a final decision yet.

The note also promised a contest in Zone 1, currently represented by Norma Johnson.

The board is currently struggling, in part because of a division that seems to often pit the three white members against the four black, or at least against a lack of the necessary majority votes to decide issues. The split is most evident in regard whether to back decisions of Superintendent Dexter Suggs.

Ross, a faculty member at UALR, has three children in Little Rock schools. He writes on Facebook:

After years of working to improve this district, I now realize that the best way for me to address the LRSD’s bureaucratic indifference and incompetence is through leadership on the school board. 

As luck has it, I'm writing in a column this week on some radical ideas about the Little Rock district, such as the potential good that could come from state takeover and/or a reshaping of school district lines in Pulaski County.

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