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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Advisory committee named for state-run Little Rock School District

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 5:29 PM

The Little Rock School District has announced the selections by state legislators to serve on the Civic Advisory Committee that will meet monthly on progress of the district under state control to correct academic deficiencies.

They include former School Board member Joy Springer, who opposed the state takeover but who did not join the lawsuit challenging the takeover.  There's one member each from the district's seven zones, and two representatives of philanthropic organizations — retired Rabbi Eugene Levy representing the Little Rock Education Foundation and City Director Kathy Webb representing the Hunger Relief Alliance. Another city director, BJ Wyrick, will represent Zone 7 on the board. The group also will include two students and two teachers from each of the six schools judged in academic distress among the district's 48 schools.

The zone members are:

Zone 1
Joy Springer, a former board member and paralegal who worked for years with John Walker on desegregation litigation.

Zone 2
Anika Whitfield, a podiatrist and community activist who opposed the takeover.

Zone 3
Peter Gess, a Hendrix College faculty member.

Zone 4
Dionne B. Jackson, an assistant professor of education at Hendrix College.

Zone 5
John L. Wilkerson, a lawyer.

Zone 6
Marq Golden, a programs administrator for the city of Little Rock.

Zone 7
City Director Brenda "BJ" Wyrick, a state employee

The group will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Little Rock school offices. The interim superintendent, Dexter Suggs, and staff will make presentations to the group. A monthly agenda will be posted on the school website, along with other information about the work.

For those who count, I believe the advisory board consists of four blacks and three whites. That would reflect the racial makeup of the elected board that was disbanded for the majority black school district.


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