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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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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 14:09:00

Governor announces $3 million for Teach for America, plus $3 million from private LR donors

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.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 06:30:00

A look inside the LRSD's new soon-to-be middle school in West Little Rock

The 74,000 square foot former Leisure Arts office building will house classroom space for some 300 sixth graders beginning this fall. However, by the 2017-18 school year, the district plans to have completed renovations on the much larger building next door — a 175,000 square foot warehouse — that will serve as a permanent home for the new middle school.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 01:00:00

Kurrus: District studying facility for WLR school, will build in SWLR regardless

Baker Kurrus' announcement this afternoon that the district is moving forward with two new facilities projects is among the most significant development in the LRSD since the district was taken over by the state in January.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 23:16:00

LRSD 'wake' protests state takeover of district on anniversary of last school board election

About 75 people turned out at the central offices of the Little Rock School District this afternoon to hold a "wake for democracy." Meanwhile, the state awaits release of testing data for the 2014-15 school year.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 14:31:00

LRSD Superintendent Kurrus urges state to remember district needs before approving charter expansions

As part of his monthly report before the state Board of Education this morning, Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus asked the panel to consider the practical impact on the LRSD of two proposed expansions of existing charter schools in Little Rock, eStem and LISA Academy.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 14:21:08

Dexter Suggs no longer has doctorate; should end severance

Don Sprowl, chief academic officer at Indiana Wesleyan University, says Dexter Suggs, the former Little Rock school superintendent, no longer holds a doctorate in education from the university.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 14:07:00

Diane Ravitch gives voice to critic of LRSD takeover

On her widely read blog, education reform critic Diane Ravitch today endorses a polemic by Barclay Key about the travails of the Little Rock School District. Key is one of the plaintiffs suing the State Board of Education over its January 28 takeover of the LRSD.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 17:45:00

Big changes coming to employee contracts in Little Rock School District

From what we know of the proposal offered to LREA, the union will maintain its status as a local with exclusive negotiating rights on salary and benefits, but the terms of the existing contract regarding working conditions will go by the wayside.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 13:49:00

Little Rock School District to add 300 new pre-K slots for 4-year-olds

Thanks to a federal grant to expand preschool programs, the LRSD will be able to open an additional 15 pre-K classrooms for 4-year-old children from income-eligible families in the 2015-16 school year, despite the coming loss of tens of millions in state desegregation money.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 16:40:00

Police residency requirement fails

As predicted here, the City Board of Directors voted against an ordinance to require new police officer hires to be residents of Little Rock. The vote was 6 to 4, with Directors Erma Hendrix, who introduced the ordinance; Ken Richardson, Doris Wright and Kathy Webb voting for passage. Webb's vote kept the board from dividing along racial lines on the ordinance.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 07:46:00

Little Rock, cops, schools and race

The Little Rock City Board demonstrated last night some surprising sentiment in support of a residency requirement for Little Rock cops. That won't solve problems in a city too ready to blame schools (many of them excellent) for city problems linked more to race and economics.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 06:58:00

Kurrus clears complaint at Jefferson School

Former Little Rock School Superintendent Dexter Suggs' witch hunt against some staff members at Jefferson Elementary led directly to his abrupt departure from the school district, so here is a worthy postscript — an action in the matter by current Superintendent Baker Kurrus.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 17:34:00

Protesters against LRSD takeover target Little Rock Chamber of Commerce

Around noon today, a small group of protesters gathered in front of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce to point out the influence of local business leaders in the state's decision to take over the Little Rock School District in January.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 07:05:00

Other voices weigh in on Baker Kurrus as new LRSD superintendent

Here's a sincere question: Why does the state Education Department continue to avoid community outreach when it comes to making major decisions about the Little Rock School District?

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 05:30:00

Superintendent Kurrus says no reconfiguration for Rockefeller Elementary

Thursday evening's Rockefeller Elementary PTA meeting with new Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus and Associate Superintendent Marvin Burton marked a striking shift in LRSD public relations.

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