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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wise money management: Dexter Suggs or new books?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 6:51 AM

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A Little Rock School District middle school teacher sends a photo of the Arkansas history texts used in the schools' classes. They are barely hanging together. The teacher has been told to suck it up and make do. There is no money for book purchases. 

How many textbooks could $250,000 buy? That's the amount of Little Rock School District money that Republican Education Commissioner Johnny Key has wasted on giving traveling money to ousted Superintendent Dexter Suggs who was discovered to be an apparent plagiarist on top of a poor manager of district finances and operations.

Remember, Suggs is also responsible for management that created the inability to replace textbooks.

The outrage, apart from the fact that there's well-established court precedent for ousting without pay the failed superintendent of an abolished school district (see Pulaski County Special School District) and Charles Hopson, is that key is making Little Rock property taxpayers pay for the state's mistake in keeping Suggs in the first place.

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