Just Someone's Mom 
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Re: “Drastic measures for Little Rock schools

I couldn't agree more. Something HAS to change. The LRSD has run of the rails and cannot right itself all the while the children suffer. Those who can afford to leave the district do, particularly after elementary school. Those who cannot afford to are stuck and it's not fair. It's not fair to any of those children. If they start in the LRSD, they should be able to and want to graduate from the LRSD.

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Posted by Just Someone's Mom on 06/11/2014 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Quest charter school changes locations; question remains on enrollment policy

Agree. The newly proposed address would make that current traffic nightmare even worse with the 220 students and staff trying to get in and out of that cul de sac every day. What on earth are they thinking?

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Posted by Just Someone's Mom on 02/24/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “State Board of Education approves Quest charter school for West Little Rock

The moral high ground is easy to say you would take until it's your kid. Who would willingly allow their child to leave the fifth highest-performing elementary school in Arkansas for a middle school which performs among the bottom 2.5 percent of schools in Arkansas in math, and bottom 3 percent in literacy if you had a choice? Really. Ask yourself that. And that's not even considering the reports according to the Little Rock Police Department, that there were 152 incidents at Forest Heights during the ‘11-‘12 school year or the attendance zone high school for Roberts is Hall, which according to the Little Rock Police Department, there were 329 incidents at Hall during the ‘11-‘12 school year. I'm sorry, but that's not acceptable.

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Posted by Just Someone's Mom on 01/10/2014 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Morning report: Dog whistle politics, Pussy Riot released, charter school messaging

@Vanessa - There is an enormous difference between affluent and working middle class.

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Posted by Just Someone's Mom on 12/23/2013 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Morning report: Dog whistle politics, Pussy Riot released, charter school messaging

We may be white, but upper class we are not, not even close. The "affluent, white" brush the Roberts parents are painted with isn't accurate. I suggest those who think that go visit it. It's a great school with a diverse student and staff population.

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Posted by Just Someone's Mom on 12/23/2013 at 1:41 PM

Re: “More than 50,000 Arkansans have enrolled in the "private option" for Medicaid expansion

What about those who are going to be FORCED into the ACA when their current policies drop them December 30, 2014? Who knew there was such a thing as a grandfather clause? That's right. According to a Blue Cross Blue Shield mailer I received last week, only grandfathered plans purchased before March 2010 are exempt from the ACA. Any plans purchased AFTER March 2010, coverage ends December 30, 2014. Comparable coverage in the ACA will be $1,055. That’s more than double of our current cost of $441 per month, unless we qualify for assistance, which we do not. Because we have insurance, we assumed this program did not and would not apply to us. Nothing was ever said about it being retroactive to the day the ACA was signed in 2010. That's not right or fair and definitely not affordable. Also, I am learning we are not alone. This is happening to others all over the country. Where are those stats? Why isn't this being talked about? Is it because we are all just being notified?

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Posted by Just Someone's Mom on 10/15/2013 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Charter school debate shaping up in West Little Rock

On the 2012-13 Benchmark Exams, out of 871 public schools in Arkansas, Roberts Elementary ranked 25th (94%) Proficient or Advanced in Math and 33rd (93%) Proficient or Advanced in Literacy. The attendance zone 4 public option for middle school, Forest Heights, ranked 849th (38%) in Math and 845th (51%) in Literacy, both in the bottom 25 of all schools in Arkansas. This means our child would go from a Top 25 school to a Bottom 25 school from elementary to middle school.

We are firm supporters of public schools. My husband and I are graduates of the public school system. However, we cannot in good conscience send our child to our zoned public middle school which is performing so poorly. Can it turn around? Hopefully, but that could take years, years our daughter does not have to wait.

The data shows there has been a mass exodus of students in the LRSD after elementary school for years. The school district has allowed this to happen. Until these issues are addressed, but most importantly, corrected, it will likely continue. (There are 30 elementary schools, only 7 middle and 5 high schools.)

I can assure you, if the new WLR middle school was built already, it would be full, just as Roberts is (overflowing actually). We fully support a new public middle school in WLR. However, in all likelihood it will be 5+ years before its doors are open.

If in the interim, there is a group willing to take on the task of a charter middle school to help the parents in WLR, I support that.

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Posted by Just Someone's Mom on 09/07/2013 at 6:38 PM

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