Jeff Bryant, director of the Education Opportunity Network, writes in depth for AlterNet, the national progressive website, about the Little Rock School District in great detail — the desegregation struggle, the politics and the district's recent targeting for destruction by the heirs of a discount store fortune. /more/
Education Commissioner Johnny Key told the state Board of Education yesterday his choices for the community advisory board that will provide some input into operation of the Little Rock School District while in state control. The political bent was predictably apparent for a Republican appointee with past devotion to the school agenda of the Walton Family Foundation and other backers of so-called "reform." /more/
The question lingers from Thursday's state Board of Education meeting at which the Board ignored federal court desegregation orders and allowed students to transfer out of Jacksonville and El Dorado school districts over objections of the districts. /more/
Watch Channel 4's news clip of Baker Kurrus, the outgoing Little Rock School District superintendent, speaking before the "stakeholder's group" supposedly talking about collaboration between the district and the rapidly expanding charter schools in Little Rock. It's a heartfelt call for truth-telling about the lack of transparency in charter schools and the peril they hold for the Little Rock School District. /more/
The Walton Family Foundation announced today that it was going to contribute $250 million to help charter schools in 17 cities around the country, including Little Rock, with facility construction. /more/
Add Jerry Guess, superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District, to the voice of Baker Kurrus, outgoing Little Rock superintendent, in questioning the wisdom of creating duplicate school systems in Pulaski County in the form of ever-expanding charter schools. /more/
Layoffs at the Welspun pipe plant in Little Rock are a reminder of the folly of corporate welfare and the inability of Arkansas to separate itself from global economic forces. See the Fayetteville shale. And keep a watchful eye on that Sun Paper pulp mill proposed near Arkadelphia.
Melinda Gwin, 49, of Hamburg has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $210,875 stolen from the First National Bank of Crossett. She was sentenced in El Dorado federal court, according to a Justice Department news release.
The independent citizens commission that is reviewing with state lawmakers, state officials and judges deserve a pay raise will meet at 8:30 a.m. today at Room 272 of the Capitol. Too bad it's not going to be streamed live on the web for greater public accountability.