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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told a legislative committee today that the Little Rock School District had proposed a phase-out settlement of state financial support of the district under the long-running Pulaski desegregation case.
Jean Gordon, who's worked a half-century in just about every social justice and peace movement you can name, will receive the Arkansas Community Institute's 2014 Community Truth Teller Award at a program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the library's Darragh Center
An open line that features new Congressman French HIll's antipathy in the Catholic newspaper to Obamacare as a "giveaway" to drug companies and hospitals. A Catholic nurse points out that children and other people in need are the real beneficiaries of this giveaway, along with Catholic hospitals.
The University of Arkansas will be fined $25,000 by the SEC because Hog fans stormed the football field after Saturday's victory over LSU snapped a long SEC losing streak. It was a second offense by the UA of the conference's "access to competition area" policy.
It was inevitable. The long crusade against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has pivoted from a battle against socialism to a populist war against big business: The program known as Obamacare is now supposed to be merely a feed trough for the captains of industry, not a government program to force health care on the undeserving poor.
A hearing is underway in federal court today on a lawsuit to invalidate Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage. It's a separate, but similar, companion to a state court challenge pending before the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Two hearings are scheduled in state and federal court today on separate lawsuits challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the state's lack of recognition for those married legally in other states.
The Jonesboro City Council put the brakes on a $30,000 grant from a nonprofit organization because several members don't like the politics of a phlanthropist who supports the agency, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Really.
A new report from the Americans for Tax Fairness concludes that Walmart is avoiding $1 billion in federal income taxes through loopholes and avoiding taxes on $21 billion in profits by holding the money outside the U.S.