KTHV has a report on Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore's appearance Tuesday night before the Little Rock City Board of Directors to talk about recent school closure decisions and a coming vote on a half-billion in new taxes for the state-controlled district.
Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore has announced he will "share plans" this afternoon to discuss facilities and budget — meaning which schools he'll recommend for closing and where the budget will be cut. Advocates for voter control of the school district aren't happy.
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.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.
North Carolina may or may not have a "bathroom bill" compromise. Either way, it might not satisfy new rules from the NCAA on ensuring non-discriminatory conditions in places it holds championship events. Arkansas would have a hard time complying.
The controversial 30 Crossing project to fatten up seven miles of Interstate 30 from U.S. Highway 67 in North Little Rock to Interstate 530 in Little Rock will once again get a public hearing, thanks to a vote of the Metroplan board Wednesday.