Little Rock Schools

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 16:28:21

UPDATE: Possible principal resignation at Parkview, then news of coaching shakeup

Word is circulating of the resignation Tuesday of a Little Rock school principal, a veteran of the school district. Superintendent Michael Poore has provided background on a situation still in flux.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 07:36:00

Another voice rises against school duplication in Pulaski County

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.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:12:32

Mike Poore: Not ready to comment on latest charter school expansion in Little Rock. PS: Looks like fix is in.

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.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 08:02:00

Johnny Key fast-tracks LR charter school expansion in Walton-helped enterprise

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.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 05:30:00

Sizing up Mike Poore: The LRSD's incoming boss talks charters, academics, facilities and more

The new Little Rock superintendent spoke with us last week about his plans for school turnaround, "career centers" and much more.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 05:00:00

Kurrus: 'You can't unring a bell' on superintendent firing decision

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.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 23:02:00

LRSD advisory group calls for replacing Education Commissioner Johnny Key

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.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 20:49:00

New superintendent Poore in town, meets with Kurrus

A chat with Mike Poore, the new Little Rock school superintendent, produced answers to a few questions I wanted to ask. We hope to talk more tomorrow.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 04:49:00

Questions for Michael Poore

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.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 14:00:00

Did the rally for Little Rock schools matter? It did, and here's why.

Four reasons to stay angry and stay engaged on the issue of Baker Kurrus' firing as LRSD superintendent.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 17:24:00

Ed. Commissioner Key regrets 'timing' of Kurrus firing, but no change of course

State Education Commissioner Johnny Key has issued a statement on the dismissal of LRSD Superintendent Baker Kurrus that is intended to mollify Little Rock residents upset about the firing.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 07:33:00

Comments from Bentonville on Little Rock's new school chief

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.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 00:45:35

Judge Marshall denies injunction to block new West Little Rock middle school

That means the timetable for converting the former Leisure Arts buildings into a middle school in time for the 2016-17 school year can proceed as planned by the LRSD.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 18:12:00

Federal judge hears arguments in suit seeking reversal of Little Rock schools takeover

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.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 15:02:00

UPDATE: State board attempts to walk back decision to review charter schools

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.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 12:51:00

Forest Heights STEM Academy goes 'scent considerate'

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."

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 16:45:00

State charter authorizing panel gives OK to LISA Academy expansion

The charter authorizing panel at the Arkansas Department of Education this afternoon approved by a 7-1 vote the expansion of LISA Academy, a charter operator in West Little Rock.

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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:32:00

Charter authorizing panel approves eStem's bid for expansion to UALR, east LR

By a 6-1 vote, the Charter Authorizing Panel approved eStem's plan to open a new high school at the UALR campus and a new elementary and middle school at 400 Shall Street, near the Clinton Library.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 11:34:00

LRSD superintendent, advisory committee urge caution on charter school expansion plans

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.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 17:25:00

Little Rock School District hires principal for new West LR middle school

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.

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