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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 22:14:00

Little Rock School Board ratifies custodial contract

The Little Rock School Board tonight unanimously ratified a union contract with the school district's custodial staff, which has been a source of contention between the district and the Little Rock Education Association over the past year.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 01:36:00

LR School Board re-elects Greg Adams as president

On Thursday, the Little Rock School Board held its first regular meeting since the two new board members who won the September elections — Joy Springer and Jim Ross — were sworn in. The new board elected officers, and also went into a lengthy, unexpected executive session to discuss an unspecified issue related to "demotion or discipline" of an employee

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:40:00

Mike Beebe on the state of the schools in Arkansas (and Little Rock)

For my article in this week's print edition on the education platforms of the two gubernatorial candidates, I spoke to Governor Mike Beebe about the state of K-12 in Arkansas today. The outgoing governor had some interesting comments about schools in general that didn't exactly fit in the context of that piece but merit further mention here. He also talked a bit about the Little Rock School District.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 23:48:17

UPDATED: State Board of Ed. warns LR School Board: Work together, or face takeover

Administrators from the Little Rock School District (LRSD) and several members of the LR School Board today appeared before the Academic Distress subcommittee of the State Board of Education to talk about the possibility of a state takeover. The State Board warned that it will be keeping a close eye on the LRSD's ability to govern itself in the coming months.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 18:00:00

It's not all bad at Hall High

After last week's brawl at Hall High — in which seven students were charged and one taken to jail — I feel like it's only appropriate to mention a much happier event at the school this morning, the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 15:16:00

LR School Board to hold special meeting at 5 p.m. today about upcoming ADE talks

The Little Rock School Board is convening this afternoon to discuss its planned meeting with the Arkansas Department of Education on Oct. 10. Because it has five schools in "academic distress", the Little Rock School District is in danger of being taken over by ADE, a decision that would ultimately be made by the State Board of Education.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 23:51:00

LR School Board extends superintendent's contract by an additional year

The Little Rock School Board voted tonight to extend Superintendent Dexter Suggs' contract by an additional year.The vote was split, 4-3, and the two newly elected members of the board did not participate in the vote.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 19:21:00

LR School Board will likely vote on superintendent's contract before newly elected members take office

Because of a delayed evaluation timeline, the Little Rock School Board's vote to renew Superintendent Dexter Suggs' contract for an additional year is happening at an awkward time: during what's essentially a brief lame-duck session of the board.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 15:46:00

LR School Board candidates forum to be held Thursday, Sept. 4

Little Rock School Board elections, to be held on Sept. 16, will have big consequences for Arkansas's largest school district — and by extension, the city and the state.The LRSD budget is about to shrink dramatically due to a loss of state desegregation funds. How should the district allocate its soon-to-be-sharply-limited resources in a town whose neighborhoods remain so starkly divided along racial and economic lines?

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 17:07:00

Little Rock school board establishes millage campaign steering committee

Thursday's meeting of the Little Rock School Board centered on the facilities master plan for the district, which will cost half a billion dollars and require a millage campaign. The board established a committee to begin planning for the hard political road ahead. It also indicated that closing Carver Magnet Elementary is less likely than it originally seemed.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 14:37:00

Former senator and LR school board member John Riggs thinks state takeover a solution for schools

Add former Little Rock School Board President John Riggs to the ongoing discussion here about tough decisions facing the Little Rock School District. He's another who thinks a state takeover might be the only way to break through to positive changes.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 06:37:00

LR School Board president responds with note of hope on district situation

Little Rock School Board President Greg Adams has written an essay in response to my recent pessimistic column about the situation in the Little Rock School District. He cites progress and says the budget and political pressure the district faces should work in favor of action.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 07:19:00

Little Rock School Board politicking begins

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.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 06:53:00

U.S. Rep. John Lewis plans visit to Romine Elementary

Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights giant who'll be in Little Rock this weekend as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival, has an unrelated stop planned at Romine Elementary.

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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 06:22:00

McClellan teachers complain about principal

KARK reports on teachers from McClellan High School who complained to the Little Rock School Board Thursday night about intimidation by school principal Henry Anderson.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 21:24:00

Little Rock teachers reject contract proposal; vote no confidence in superintendent

About 200 members of the Little Rock Education Associaiton met tonight and voted unanimously to reject a contract proposal from the Little Rock School District

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 06:48:00

School Board president OK with rules on John Walker access to school offices

Greg Adams, president of the Little Rock School Board, has sent me a copy of his response to attorney and state Rep. John Walker about a directive issued by Little Rock School Superintendent Dexter Suggs on Walker's access to Little Rock School District offices.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 07:25:00

Little Rock school superintendent sets conditions on John Walker's visits to school offices

Dexter Suggs, the new Little Rock school superintendent, has set strict conditions on visits to district offices by John Walker, the Little Rock state representative and attorney for black families in the decades-old desegregation lawsuit.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 06:29:00

Dustin McDaniel's low-ball settlement offer in Little Rock school case

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and other media adopted Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's formulation that he had offered $119 million to the three public school districts in Pulaski County to bring conclusive end to the desegregation litigation in Pulaski County.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 13:58:00

McDaniel counters Little Rock school settlement offer

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today countered a Little Rock School District offer to end desegregation litigation in return for a $42 million annual payment for seven years (or the amount in a lump sum) and limited state ability to punish the school district for financial and academic s

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