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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:41:00

Tim Griffin research on Turkish charter schools for Mike Flynn didn't run deep

Article in today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette notes that Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin's name turned up in a Justice Department review of Michael Flynn's political work, specifically for some Turkish

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 07:53:00

Charter assault, fueled by Walton money, continues on Little Rock School District

Charter school expansion DOES matter in weighing the Little Rock school tax vote. The evidence was spread on the front page of the daily newspaper today.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:17:00

Charter panel recommends revoking charter of Covenant Keepers

The Arkansas Department of Educations's Charter Authorizing Panel voted to revoke the charter issued to Covenant Keepers College Preparatory School yesterday. The panel cited governance, academic and financial problems for the school, open since 2008 and located at 5615 Geyer Springs Road, Cynthia Howell of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 07:27:00

Reading on schools for the Arkansas legislature

With the legislature prepared to expand the erosion of conventional public schools, new studies are critical of voucher and charter school programs.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 12:29:00

Waltons bankroll Massachusetts charter school election

Massachusetts voters will decide whether to raise the cap on charter schools in one of the country's best states in educational achievement.  Arkansas money is leading the fight for more charters.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 07:36:00

Another voice rises against school duplication in Pulaski County

Add Jerry Guess, superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District, to the voice of Baker Kurrus, outgoing Little Rock superintendent, in questioning the wisdom of creating duplicate school systems in Pulaski County in the form of ever-expanding charter schools.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 08:07:00

The future of LR schools: Pointed questions from Baker Kurrus

Outgoing Little Rock School Superintendent Baker Kurrus has raised some pointed questions about a committee appointed to consider collaboration of true public school districts and charter schools in Pulaski County. In short: What's the point if the outcome is pre-determined?

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:17:00

Flash: LR Prep pulls back expansion request

The smell ripens. In the midst of heated criticism of the state Education Department for hurrying up and waiving rules to allow an expansion request from the academically deficient Little Rock Preparatory Academy, Board member Diane Zook dropped a small bombshell: It has pulled back its expansion request.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:12:32

Mike Poore: Not ready to comment on latest charter school expansion in Little Rock. PS: Looks like fix is in.

Mike Poore, the incoming Little Rock school superintendent, isn't ready to express an opinion on the latest charter school expansion in Little Rock. The deal looks pre-baked. Work has already begun on the school despite lack of state Board of Education approval.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 08:02:00

Johnny Key fast-tracks LR charter school expansion in Walton-helped enterprise

The Hutchinson administration continues to press for speedy charter school expansions in the Little Rock School District, despite the current superintendent's belief that they are harmful to the state-run district. The latest one has financial support from the Walton fortune in the background, as usual when it comes to charter schools.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 14:00:00

Did the rally for Little Rock schools matter? It did, and here's why.

Four reasons to stay angry and stay engaged on the issue of Baker Kurrus' firing as LRSD superintendent.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 23:02:00

UPDATED: Johnny Key dumps Baker Kurrus as Little Rock school superintendent; to replace with Bentonville's Poore

Baker Kurrus superintendent of the Little Rock School District, has been told by state Education Commissioner Johnny Key that he will be replaced. He is to work through June 30.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 09:20:00

Johnny Key discovers poverty could affect school performance. Do only charter schools get a pass?

Eureka! A Walton school choice agenda acolyte, state Education Commissioner Johnny Key, has discovered that some things like poverty should be taken into account in judging whether a school is failing or not. At least he believes it for charter schools.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 11:31:00

In Massachusetts, charters clash with traditional schools over siphoning of funds

Those following the charter school debate in Arkansas should read up on a parallel fight in Massachusetts.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 06:59:00

State Board of Education drops votes to stop charter school review

More fallout from the strange decision to call a special state Board of Education meeting today with an agenda that includes motions to rescind earlier decisions to review staff recommendations to approve  eStem and Lisa Academy charter school expansions in Little Rock.The big news appear to be that the rescission votes will not take place after all.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 05:00:00

State Board of Education pokes holes in law with generous waivers to school district

The decision was made with the best of intentions, as far as I could tell. But the result was a haphazard amalgam of carveouts that could set a dangerous precedent and weaken the rule of law in education policy.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 15:03:00

State Board of Education votes to review charter school expansion

The state Board of Education voted today to review applications to expand eStem and LISA Academy, two charter schools that operate in the Little Rock School District.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 08:35:00

Charter schools on the agenda today

The state Board of Education will decide today whether to accept a staff recommendation to allow expansion of the eStem and LISA Academy charter schools in Little Rock or to first study the applications further in light of resistance from the Little Rock School District and others.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 07:53:00

State must face an old issue in pending charter applications

The spate of new charter school applications in Little Rock raises again the question of state actions that contribute to school and housing segregation in Little Rock. What will Commissioner Johnny Key do?

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 08:48:00

Waltons to sink another $1 billion in charter schools

An extensive report from AP on the Walton Family Foundation's plan to put another $1 billion in charter schools over the next five years. What it means is more devastation for conventional public schools, as some such as Bernie Sanders and Diane Ravitch have noted.

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