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    It's time to think about radical steps for the Little Rock School District, including the possibility of state takeover. Current governance isn't working well and seems unlikely to get better.
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Re: “Property owners miffed by Hurst decision on historic register bid

The special on Ninth Street in LR running in PBS touched on this. It showed that they built 630 through racially mixed communities and moved black and poverty level people into the projects, segregating the city. They condemned the 9th Street businesses and tore them down. Notice Richard Roe said these "people (and their kin)" will be located around the city and bring down the property values of other neighborhoods. Agree with SP on the consequences of segregation.

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Posted by aqua blue on 04/19/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Property owners miffed by Hurst decision on historic register bid

Just like funds for urban blight and afordable housing was used to develop the downtown lofts and other projects. Sounds like corporate welfare to me.

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Posted by aqua blue on 04/19/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “UPDATE: State appeals execution drug ruling, asks removal of Griffen as judge

I'm confused! If a judge states antiabortion beliefs or writes articles against abortion, or participates in antiabortion protests, he is praised by some groups. If a judge expresses statements or actions that are are against capital punishment, he crosses the line for judicial objectivity. Go figure!

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Posted by aqua blue on 04/15/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Thursday's open line and the video roundup

The death of Judge Abdus-Saalam has been ruled a possible suicide by Police. I question this statement. Taught many African- American students who thought suicide was an unforgivable sin.

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Posted by aqua blue on 04/13/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “It's over. The legislature goes into recess

Thank God! And if we could get the federal legislators to take a three month summer vacation, we could catch up with what they're up to!

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Posted by aqua blue on 04/03/2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Why not a straight voucher bill? Here's a clue.

The Diane Ravitch piece cleared up questions that were nagging at me. This bill doesn't offer tax credits to the parents as a direct voucher. It is a "money laundering" scheme were individuals and corporations donate the money to receive a tax credit. It is based on legislation in Florida where one of the nonprofits had Betsy DeVos on its board. These nonprofits not only pay school fees but also have lobbying budgets, PR expenses, and overhead costs. One group spent $1M on local elections every 2 years. Because HB 1222 states that the state can have no review of finances or standards, there can be a commingling of private/public funds for a variety of purposes. The source of this information was the Diane Ravitch piece linked to the article above.

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Posted by aqua blue on 03/12/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Another voucher expansion bill clears House panel

In another state, a parent refused to place her child in Special Education. Years later, when her child could not find a job, she sued the school district. The basis for the suit? The District did not force her to place her child in Special Education.

Posted by aqua blue on 03/08/2017 at 11:31 AM

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Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism


 

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