Good week: Hypocrisy 

March 9-15, 2011

It was a good week for ...

HYPOCRISY. Republican legislators who profess to believe in smaller government lined up time and again behind handouts for corporate Arkansas, making government even more expensive for the little guy. See John Brummett.

GAS COMPANIES. Caterwauling legislators from the Fayetteville shale zone, mostly Republicans, led the defeat of a bill to amend the gas severance tax so that gas drillers will pay a bit more, but not all, of the cost of fixing the roads they are destroying with their drilling rigs. Instead, the small government crowd has endorsed a plan to let the rest of Arkansas pay.

It was a bad week for ...

PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Lobbying by a dedicated group of billionaires pushed legislation through a Senate committee to remove the cap on open enrollment charter schools in Arkansas. This, despite a new study showing charter schools have been no more effective at improving students' test scores than conventional public schools.

SEN. MARY ANNE SALMON. Though representing a school district already hurt and sure to be hurt more by white flight charter schools, the North Little Rock legislator provided the critical vote for the bill to lift the charter school cap.

The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. The state Board of Education approved expansion of the eStem charter school, soon to be a free-standing school district of some 1,500 in the middle of Little Rock. Funded by the same billionaires pushing charter school expansion, it will continue to draw dedicated parents and whiter and more economically advantaged students into a taxpayer-funded alternative to an increasingly disadvantaged public school district.

The STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. In a public meeting, its recalcitrant staff demonstrated what Little Rock school lawyers have been saying all along: they simply do not want to gather and provide the information on charter school cream-skimming of better students from magnet schools and other programs the state vowed to support in ending the desegregation case. They seem to be in the pocket of the billionaires, too.



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Poor Tom

    Love and affection (not so much), School Inc., Rapert revealing God's plan, a cancer sniffin' dog and more.
    • Mar 10, 2015
  • Eligible voters removed from rolls

    Arkansas Times reporters contacted election officials around the state to see how they had handled flawed felon data from the secretary of state. Responses varied dramatically.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Real Republicans don't do pre-K

    Also, drifting away from trump, Hudson's downfall at ASU and more.
    • Aug 11, 2016

Most Shared

  • Welfare for the wealthy: More reasons to VOTE NO on ISSUE 3

    Voices on the left and right are lifted against Issue 3, the corporate welfare amendment to send tax money to private business and corporate lobbyists.
  • Little Rock police kill man downtown

    Little Rock police responding to a disturbance call near Eighth and Sherman Streets about 12:40 a.m. killed a man with a long gun, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said in an early morning meeting with reporters.
  • From the mind of Sol LeWitt: Crystal Bridges 'Loopy Doopy': A correction

    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol Lewitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said

Latest in The Week That Was

Visit Arkansas

Searching for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Searching for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park

A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.

Event Calendar

« »


2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31  

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Road Trip Arkansas

    • Hunter . I see what you mean... Charles `s comment is unimaginable... I just got…

    • on October 25, 2016
  • Re: The Arkansas ale trail

    • just before I saw the draft that said $7003 , I didn't believe that...my... friend…

    • on October 25, 2016
  • Re: Youth movement

    • Best of luck. Will look forward to watching the results with high hopes for him.

    • on October 24, 2016

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation