League of Women Voters: Give LR School Board a chance | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, January 24, 2015

League of Women Voters: Give LR School Board a chance

Posted By on Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 12:08 PM

click to enlarge ON THE LINE: Control of the Little Rock School District.
  • ON THE LINE: Control of the Little Rock School District.
The League of Women Voters of Pulaski County said in a prepared statement today that the Little Rock School Board should be kept in place and given a chance to correct deficiencies at schools in academic distress before the state takes more drastic steps.

The state Board of Education will decide Wednesday what to do about six schools in academic distress — Baseline elementary, Cloverdale and Henderson middle and Fair, McClellan and Hall high schools — comprised almost entirely of poor, minority students scoring in the 40 to 48-percent proficiency range on standardized tests where 50.5 percent is necessary to be judged succeeding academically.

The Board can accept the School Board's plan to operate the schools; devise some type of shared administration; take over the six schools or take over the entire district, as wealthy elements of the business community, cheered by a paid lobbyist for the Walton Foundation has been pushing. The nine-member Board, based on past comments, has split thinking on the process. One Board member, Diane Zook aunt of the Walton's lobbyist, Gary Newton, seems clearly in favor of instant total takeover. I think there are three probable votes for takeover for sure — all within the Walton sphere of influence. It'll take five. A couple indicated interest previously at state oversight only of the six schools. That leaves four up in the air, or three really. The chair votes only to break ties.

Here's the League's statement:

The League of Women Voters of Pulaski County has a long history of supporting public education for all children as an integral part of maintaining an ethically functioning, and economically sound democratic society. We are concerned that the Little Rock School District is not meeting these standards for all of its children at the present time.
We do, however, have faith in the democratic process that elected the members of the Little Rock School Board, and we believe that these citizens, working with the school district administration, can succeed in raising the performance of the students in the six distressed schools.

We would ask that the School Board engage in team-building exercises to improve their ability to provide a unified plan to improve these schools, putting special emphasis on parental involvement and asking for input from business leaders and the Little Rock City Board of Directors.

We also ask that the State Board of Education give the District time to institute effective strategies and have the strategies impact pupils’ test scores, provide the necessary resources to support the LRSD in its recovery efforts, and to continue to monitor the progress of the District.

Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • LR speakers blast state board for double standard

    A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
    • May 12, 2016
  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • Medical marijuana backers: Health Department opposition 'disingenuous' and 'cruel'

    Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the group behind the first medical marijuana initiative to qualify for the ballot, has responded sharply to yesterday's statement by the Arkansas Health Department that it opposes legal medical use of marijuana.
    • Jul 13, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

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