The state Board of Education has cleared the way for Baker Kurrus to be named the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District, voting to waive hiring requirements for a district administrator. The board voted 7-0 in a special meeting this afternoon. One board member, Joe Black, was not present; chairman Sam Ledbetter did not vote. The board will hire the new superintendent tomorrow.
The Arkansas Blog mentioned last week new reporting about Arkansas's failure to join the rest of the country in moving away from confinement of juveniles. There's been fallout as well as new data illustrating how far Arkansas lags behind other states. The reporter who started it all explains for the Arkansas Blog.