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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Better late than never

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 5:47 AM

The state Board of Education yesterday applied the standards of the charter school law in denying the application for another LISA Academy in Fayetteville. Why? It had nothing to offer that wasn't already available in Fayetteville. (Thanks to GUMM for encouraging an improvement of syntax.)

It's too bad the law wasn't followd back when LISA won approval for a Little Rock charter that offered nothing not already available in the local school district. But the Board then was intent on punishing Little Rock in the interest of advancing the district deconstruction aims of the Walton lobby. Just about any charter application in Little Rock enjoyed some degree of warmth. A slight change in Board makeup guarantees at least that fair questions will be raised about future applications, included two before the Board today. Someday, we can hope, the Walton lobby will no longer have an in-house vote, Board member Naccaman Williams, on charter schools they support, a perpetual conflict of interest.

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