Little Rock Schools

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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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 15:26:00

Update on school tax election spending

Here's an update on spending in the Little Rock school tax election Tuesday.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 07:46:00

In the mail: Final pleas in school election

Both sides of the vote May 9 on extension of 12.4 mills of property tax in the Little Rock School District have put flyers in the mail this weekend.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 09:26:41

Former state board of education chair Sam Ledbetter weighs in on Little Rock millage vote

Ledbetter, the former state Board of Education chair who cast the decisive vote in 2015 to take over the LRSD, writes that Education Commissioner Johnny Key "has shown time and again that he is out of touch with our community and the needs of the district." However, Ledbetter supports the May 9 vote as a positive for the district's students and staff.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 08:03:00

School leadership bullets dodged and undodged in Arkansas

A poorly vetted school principal in Kansas had also been in the hunt for jobs in Arkansas, in searches by a national consulting firm that has a few unfortunate occurrences on its own record.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 20:04:00

Election Commission gives school tax opponents time to find another early polling place

Opponents of a Little Rock School District tax proposal were given the weekend to come up with some ideas for alternative early polling places after the Little Rock School District, through a bond house, scraped original plans to open an early voting place in the John Barrow neighborhood, which is majority black.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 18:37:00

Governor kills bid for local control of Little Rock schools

An idea to set a date for return of local control in the Little Rock School District seems likely to founder because of resistance from Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 12:48:00

Belatedly, LR Board moves on resolution on city school closures

The Little Rock City Board may take a vote on a resolution asking for a study of the impact of state-recommended Little Rock school closures. It's only symbolic. But the symbolism is important.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 07:39:00

City directors raise questions about Little Rock school closures

KTHV has a report on Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore's appearance Tuesday night before the Little Rock City Board of Directors to talk about recent school closure decisions and a coming vote on a half-billion in new taxes for the state-controlled district.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 07:53:00

Charter school assault continues on the Little Rock School District

Sen. Joyce Elliott and citizen activists are raising the alarm about legislation that gives charter schools and charter school operators first call on leasing vacant school buildings.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 09:34:00

Poore, on short notice during work day, to talk about Little Rock school closings

Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore has announced he will "share plans" this afternoon  to discuss facilities and budget — meaning which schools he'll recommend for closing and where the budget will be cut. Advocates for voter control of the school district aren't happy.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 18:26:00

LRSD's options for repurposing Franklin Elementary include local nonprofit Watershed

There's been speculation recently that the Franklin Elementary building is of interest to Watershed Human & Community Development Agency, the local nonprofit headed by Rev. Hezekiah Stewart.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 16:28:21

UPDATE: Possible principal resignation at Parkview, then news of coaching shakeup

Word is circulating of the resignation Tuesday of a Little Rock school principal, a veteran of the school district. Superintendent Michael Poore has provided background on a situation still in flux.

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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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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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Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 05:30:00

Sizing up Mike Poore: The LRSD's incoming boss talks charters, academics, facilities and more

The new Little Rock superintendent spoke with us last week about his plans for school turnaround, "career centers" and much more.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 05:00:00

Kurrus: 'You can't unring a bell' on superintendent firing decision

Kurrus made it clear that he won't be actively fighting Education Commissioner Johnny Key's decision, but said he's open to playing a role in the district — as long as he approves of the direction Key is steering the LRSD.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 23:02:00

LRSD advisory group calls for replacing Education Commissioner Johnny Key

The Civic Advisory Committee of the Little Rock School District tonight approved a motion calling for the replacement of Education Commissioner Johnny Key, a halt to charter school expansions in the city and waivers to state education law, and a return of the district to local control.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 20:49:00

New superintendent Poore in town, meets with Kurrus

A chat with Mike Poore, the new Little Rock school superintendent, produced answers to a few questions I wanted to ask. We hope to talk more tomorrow.

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