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.
Mike Poore, the incoming Little Rock school superintendent, isn't ready to express an opinion on the latest charter school expansion in Little Rock. The deal looks pre-baked. Work has already begun on the school despite lack of state Board of Education approval.
The Hutchinson administration continues to press for speedy charter school expansions in the Little Rock School District, despite the current superintendent's belief that they are harmful to the state-run district. The latest one has financial support from the Walton fortune in the background, as usual when it comes to charter schools.
Kurrus made it clear that he won't be actively fighting Education Commissioner Johnny Key's decision, but said he's open to playing a role in the district — as long as he approves of the direction Key is steering the LRSD.
The Civic Advisory Committee of the Little Rock School District tonight approved a motion calling for the replacement of Education Commissioner Johnny Key, a halt to charter school expansions in the city and waivers to state education law, and a return of the district to local control.
Michael Poore, the future Little Rock school superintendent, has been dodging the press, with the exception of one chat with the friendly Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The list of questions to be answered is long.
Little Rock's new school leader has both admirers and detractors in his current job in Bentovnille. Significantly, he joined religious forces in opposing an employment policy specifically protecting LGBT workers.
In a hearing in federal court today, a team of lawyers including Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock) made their case that the January 2015 state takeover of the Little Rock School District should be reversed.
In a surprise move, the state Board of Education may reverse its decision to hold a public hearing on the question of allowing two Little Rock charter schools to significantly expand their operations in the city.
The Little Rock elementary and middle school is discouraging the use of any product that gives of a "scent strong enough to be perceived by others, including, but not limited to: colognes, perfumes, and other personal products."
The superintendent, the advisory committee and the teachers' union president had a clear message for the board: Beware of ambitious charter school expansion plans at a time when the LRSD is at a crossroads.
The Little Rock School District announced this afternoon that it's hired Jason Pickering as the principal of the new middle school opening this fall in west Little Rock. Since 2010, he's been principal at Bryant High School. Pickering previously served as an assistant principal at Central High from 2005 to 2010.
At a press conference today, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced he will allocate $3 million of his discretionary funds for Teach for America over the next three years. Another $3 million will come from donors in Little Rock to hire TFA teachers in the LRSD specifically.