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Re: “eStem branches out

If LRSD wants to make real change and real progress, across the board, they should change their reading programs for K-3 to science-based results-proven reading programs. All school districts should, even eSTEM. When children can not read proficiently on grade level every Math and Science class becomes a reading class, every standardized test becomes a reading test.

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Posted by amberjones on 10/21/2015 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Bell bill: Something there is that does not love a fence: Correction height rule

He is not running unopposed and the DNA does not have a seat on the commission...seats are by Governor appointment

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Posted by amberjones on 03/12/2013 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Little Rock evicts squatters from historic house

As a board member of the Quapaw Quarter Association, I can say that we advocate preservation primarily in the historic downtown neighborhoods of the city - the areas that need the most help, for all the reasons that everyone on this blog has mentioned. Both as an organization and as individuals, we talk to Mark Stodola, Bruce Moore, Ward 1 and 2 directors (our focus area) and the other directors, hoping they will see the importance of the using all the city's assets and focus to revitalize these areas appropriately. This spring we worked hard to get the City Directors to approve a Design Review Committee for the stimulus money that was awarded to the city for the Central High and Stephens historic neighborhoods (NSP2) - helping to insure that all housing was well designed and appropriate for the neighborhoods, insuring that property values rise in the future, also contributing to our city's tax base, which we so desperately need. We are just as frustrated with lack of services - it's hard to push for preservation when people don't feel safe in their neighborhoods. I've sat in neighborhood meetings where the only answer property owners feel they have to problem, derelict historic houses is to have the city knock them down - and the city seems content with this answer. The only thing going good here is that they (the city) don't even have the money to raze houses in a timely manner and sometimes we can help save a few that if someone is standing buy to purchase one and an owner can be found that is willing to sell at a price that allows a new owner to be able to rehab it. There is a house at 2301 Summit that is on the demolition list and the next door neighbor would like to purchase it, no owner can be found, we've been using our contacts with the Land Commissioner, Land Bank (slow), City Directors, to find an answer to allow the house to be saved, but like everything else, it is slow and frustrating. That's some of what the Quapaw Quarter Association does...

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Posted by amberjones on 07/09/2010 at 10:54 AM


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