LRSD schools Dustin McDaniel | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

LRSD schools Dustin McDaniel

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

I'm not going to belabor this. Minds are made up. Either you hate the money the state is spending for causing segregation in Pulaski County or you think (small number) there's justification for its continuation.

But, for the hard-core, and because it's important, I invite you to read the Little Rock School District's response to — there's no other way to put it — dishonest pleading by the state of Arkansas's Attorney General Dustin McDaniel in arguing for an immediate end to state desegregation aid in Pulaski County.

The Little Rock District has less reserve money than McDaniel claims (and far less than is considered prudent). It receives far less state aid than he intimates under a racial transfer program that is at risk. (McDaniel leaves the impression it is $21 million; it is $4 million). McDaniel thinks two districts officially declared in financial distress — North Little Rock and Pulaski — can pick up the slack if state magnet school funding is cut off. Despite McDaniel's contrary representations the state budgeting system, in which the district expected funds were already committed, means an INSTANT loss of $34 million, or 10 percent of the school district's budget.

It was a nutty ruling by Judge Brian Miller, withhout notice or hearing. It's mind-blowing demagoguery — without regard for harmful impact on parents and at least 5,000 school children whose school assignments are in peril — by Dustin McDaniel in striking to take advantage. Chris Heller and Co., attorneys for LRSD, take the demagogues to lunch.

LRSD reply.

A simple statement of facts of LRSD financial situation from the chief financial officer.

Even if, on principle, you are ready to leave LRSD in this lurch and screw 'em, don't believe Dustin McDaniel is telling the truth about it.

Dustin doesn't care about this criticism, of course. He knows the positive political impact of beating up on the Little Rock School District. Plus, he's decided to declare himself a prosecutor, breaking years of tradition. He's going to bring in the press to show off his new "cyber crimes" investigation unit tomorrow. I don't know if it's kiddie porn, or what. I get no answers to questions from his highly paid publicity apparatus. But, based on the record so far, you can bet it's more about scoring political points than substance. Whatever did happen, anyway, to the attorney general division that fought polluting power plants and the extreme new costs they threw on Arkansas ratepayers? The division that fought Medicaid fraud (by providers)? MIA in the McDaniel era.

Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (16)

Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Saturday's open line

    Got any thoughts? Put them here.
    • May 21, 2016
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes White House press secretary

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is the new White House press secretary.
    • Jul 21, 2017
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation