Little Rock Schools

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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Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 19:36:00

UPDATE: State Board of Education to hold special meeting concerning LRSD waiver

Something's up. The State Board of Education has announced a special meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. The lone agenda item concerns a request for a waiver of state law regarding the Little Rock School District.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 14:20:00

Recognition for stars among Hall High's ESL students

In this week's Arkansas Times, we profile our 21st class of Academic All-Stars — 20 Arkansas high school seniors with undeniably remarkable scholastic achievements. Let's add a note of recognition for another group of other scholars who've accomplished impressive things: Students in the English as a Second Language program at Hall High.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 06:51:00

Wise money management: Dexter Suggs or new books?

A Little Rock School District middle school teacher sends a photo of the Arkansas history texts used in the schools' classes. They are barely hanging together. The teacher has been told to suck it up and make do. There is no money for book purchases. The money being paid Dexter Suggs to go away could have bought some.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 16:24:00

More legal headaches for Dexter Suggs

Dexter Suggs may have cleared out his office before the workday began today, but he still has lingering legal matters as defendant in lawsuits against him and the state.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 12:33:00

Community Organization: Give us back our Little Rock School Board

Arkansas Community Organizations has issued a statement calling on the state Board of Education to give Little Rock back its school board. It said the removal of the School Board, while keeping Dexter Suggs in charge, has proved a bad idea — as action recommended by the chamber of commerce often is.

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