What to do about Pulaski County schools? | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, June 19, 2011

What to do about Pulaski County schools?

Posted By on Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 7:08 AM

John Lyon of Stephens Media outlines the steps the state can take in changing leadership, including a school board, of a troubled school district, such as the Pulaski County School District. A decision is expected next week on the state's course of action.

This situation is immensely complicated by the district's role in the ongoing Pulaski County desegregation litigation. The state is also a party and has effectively become an adversary of the district, particularly on continuing state desegregation funding. That money is critical to continued stability of operation in the school year that begins in August, but federal judge Brian Miller surprised all with an abrupt, unrequested end to the funding with teacher contracts already signed.

High scrutiny will be merited if the state makes leadership appointments. Are they named wiith an expectation that they'll adopt the state's argument on funding? Will they be appointed with an eye to satisfying this or that political constituency, such as the Jacksonville group that has long pushed for separtion from the district?

It's not simply a funding issue. Pulaski is the farthest behind of the three county school districts in meeting desegregation obligations of the federal court settlement. In its rush to extricate itself, the state would also be under scrutiny for its seriousness of purpose in meeting those goals. The state already has shown little concern about resegregation by support of open enrollment charter schools and by opposition to the funding of proven desegregation tools — magnet schools and interdistrict transfers.

Tags:


Favorite

Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.
    • Feb 4, 2017
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017

Slideshows

Most Viewed

  • Government transformation: An idea from the Insurance commissioner

    I have been making information requests around state to government to get an inkling of what Gov. Asa Hutchinson intends to announce about reorganizing state government in the name of efficiency. This morning, an idea on that subject from Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr, unearthed by an FOI request.
  • The New Yorker profiles Sarah Huckabee Sanders

    Paige Williams, profiling Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the current New Yorker, describes the pugilistic Sanders as "Trump's battering ram." Bottom line: As defensive as ever.
  • State recommends denial of new permit for C and H Hog Farm

    The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has recommended denial of a new permit for discharge of waste by the C and H Hog Farm in Newton County.
  • More reorganization news

    Some further news on the government reorganization front includes a memo sent to agencies by the governor's chief of staff, Alison Williams, last week.
  • Unsealed court documents include kickback accusation against former state Rep. Tim Summers; Summers says "Jon Woods is a proven liar"

    The more than 500 pages of court filings recently unsealed by Federal Judge Timothy Brooks in the federal corruption case against former state Sen. Jon Woods include notes from a 2017 meeting between former state Rep. Micah Neal and federal investigators. According to these notes, Neal described what appears to be an accusation by Woods that state. Rep. Tim Summers, then a lobbyist, took kickbacks in exchange for helping to get GIF money for an affiliate of Preferred Family Healthcare where Summers worked on staff.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation