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Re: “North Little Rock mayor confirms talks about Arkansas Arts Center

Dog Town is sure looking more and more like the Top Dog these days. Lets face it, the AAC in McArthur Park is looking shabby, weary and worn. To add to the situation is the matter of location, location, location - sitting in a section of LR that's just not very inviting no matter how much lipstick they put on the pig. The revitalization of LR is just not as much of a draw as the city wants or needs. NLR is gunning it in all fronts from the riverfront/Argenta to the revamping of the schools.

Most who support the arts have made the pilgrimage north to Crystal Bridges, after that the AAC looks even less attractive and appealing. I would encourage a one-ups by the Stephens, show Alice and the rest of us your money and build something truly spectacular here in the capitol city. Turn the current location into a specialty satellite arts/educational center.

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Posted by EatAtJoes on 02/05/2015 at 7:54 AM

Re: “New Quest charter middle school opens with a different look than surrounding school districts

One more LRSD school we should use as a comparison that would have high achieving affluent kids feeding into middle schools is Forest Park Elementary which has only 21% overall minority, 14% black and a whopping 79% white. OUCH!

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Posted by EatAtJoes on 09/12/2014 at 12:53 PM

Re: “New Quest charter middle school opens with a different look than surrounding school districts

Well then, it is a bit confusing when you write this, "Here are the key demographics comparing Quest with the same percentages in the three public school districts in Pulaski County in 2013-14"

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Posted by EatAtJoes on 09/11/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “New Quest charter middle school opens with a different look than surrounding school districts


According to these numbers Quest is 64.5%white. 25.4 % black and 10.6% other minorities. Making it actually 35.5% overall minority students.

That’s an overall minority population larger than LRSD’s Jefferson Elementary at 29% overall and larger than Jefferson’s black population of 24%. Also, smaller than their white population of 71%.

Compared to LRSD’s Roberts Elementary which had and overall minority population of 42%, a black population of 27% and a white population of 58%.

I use these two schools because their test scores are similar. They also have close FRL % at 27% and 26%

Totals are based on the 2013-2014 school year from the Office For Education Policy.…

I have more questions. Not all students came from public education even if coming from a district zone so…

How many of these students came from a home schooling?

How many came from a private school?

How many came from enrollment in LRSD, PCSSD and NLR public middle schools (7th and 8th grade students)?

I agree that this is not an apples to apples comparison when you look at an entire district of 25,000 (LRSD) or 17,000 (PCSSD) vs. 169 (Quest).

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Posted by EatAtJoes on 09/11/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Legislative candidate denies allegations about abuse, paying for abortion

How does a candidate campaign as "pro-family" with two divorces behind him? That's not family values. Those are not pro family choices he made in his personal life. His SECOND ex wife fears retribution? This has red flags all over the place.

Moreover he says he is concerned about "forced government health care" but, he is anti-abortion? He shouldn't be forcing his views onto women and their choices of healthcare and control of their bodies.

His statements of position are opposite to choices he has already made in his own life.

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Posted by EatAtJoes on 05/08/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Americans United challenges teaching of creationism in two Arkansas charter schools

Well this is wrong, unfortunate and disappointing; I do not agree with Creationism and Intelligent Design being taught in a public school under the banner of science, because it is not “science.” While it happens in Texas, Texas is a whole different beast of crazy. This cannot be taught in our publicly funded schools, that is what faith based schools are for. Even with ClaytonJ’s reassurances as to what he is teaching or not teaching, the material should not even grace a unit in a text book regardless if he chooses not to teach it. If the charter is to remain, they must provide a different text book that meets the criteria for our state guidelines.

I am torn, because I support the families and students living over in that section of town in obtaining a public school for their children. I wonder how much those parents really knew about this curriculum or if their extreme anxiety over the lack of public option for them at middle school and high school clouded any hint of such nonsense. To me this just underscores the need for the LRSD to build an appropriate facility where they bought the property; Sooner, rather than later.

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Posted by EatAtJoes on 02/12/2014 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Separate and unequal schools: The trend continues

I believe we can all agree, regardless of where we chose to fall on the issue of our public schools, the whole thing is frustrating and disappointing at best for many of us all over the city. We need our schools to not fail our children. Our children, in turn, need to be educated, to succeed in their life endeavors and be contributing members of their communities and society as a whole. For Pete’s sake, half these high school graduates cannot even count out change unless the register tells them how much. That’s pathetic.

The District needs students of middle class to remain in public education. However, for decades middle class families (both black and white) have all too often taken action to put their kids in a good school; Be it via private, parochial, charter, lying about their address (rampant throughout LRSD), or just plain ol’ up and moving out of the city all together to surrounding areas that offer perceived good school districts. How are we going to get them to stay? It is not by doing what we have been doing and if we are to fend off a city and school successions movement here, we had better start doing things differently.

Our city loses out on economic development, employers have trouble finding qualified workers, crime is out of control, we have crazies running for public office on platforms based on the oppression of others rights…Yeah, I’m sensitive. We should all be sensitive.

I don’t know what will happen with this charter. And, yeah, you have demonized Mr. Newton, just own it. What I do know is, a large group of parents have lobbied for the umpteenth time in multiple decades to fight the arduous battle to get public schools built where they are needed and wanted and they have continued to get the middle finger of the District. Again. How can we blame them for leaving the district or starting a charter?

Now Joe here is going to go have a beer and get the weekend rolling. I suggest y'all do the same.

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Posted by EatAtJoes on 02/07/2014 at 4:19 PM

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