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Re: “Little Rock School District gives 11th-hour notice of plan to sell vacant building to Waltons

We can also thank Key and Poore for the fact that many of our secondary school teachers still do not know what they will be teaching this year. The first day of school is Monday.

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Posted by Barclay Key on 08/09/2017 at 10:09 PM

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

"Hutchinson is surely keeping an eye on the public mood. Even if Arkansas's political center of gravity has shifted northwestward under his administration, the governor lives in Little Rock. He can't afford to turn a completely blind eye to the city."

--Why can't he? I honestly don't understand why people in LR think they matter to the governor's political agenda. He doesn't need their votes or their permission.

"Don't get me wrong — such solidarity wouldn't be occurring now if Kurrus hadn't done all the right things as district leader. The reaction we're seeing now is the result of ten months of decisive action, good faith and proactive trust building on his part."

--Someone please provide examples of this decisive action, particularly as it relates to the academic improvement of the LRSD. The takeover was for academic distress, right? He built faith among whites because the old establishment in LR trust their man. Was he building faith when state board members suggested that local control be restored to the board with Kurrus as supt, but he refused? Was he building faith among teachers who scoffed at that ridiculous pretest/posttest BS that was supposed to pass for academic improvement? The reaction you're seeing is the result of the white establishment in LR regretting that one of their own got jerked around by the GOP.

"When the state Board of Education dissolved a majority African American school board, including two members elected just months before on promises of delivering greater equity to the district, most of the anguish came from the city's black community. It seems to me that that same sense of impotence and disfranchisement didn't fully hit home among a large swathe of the white community in Little Rock until Kurrus was fired last week."

--Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner, if by "large swathe" you mean almost every white person in LR who cared enough to form an opinion.

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Posted by Barclay Key on 04/24/2016 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Race matters on college campuses; UA students to gather today

Students at UALR will host a similar event at noon today.

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Posted by Barclay Key on 11/12/2015 at 10:33 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit challenging Little Rock School takeover

Thanks for your work, Max and Benji. When you have an opportunity, ask Sam to name one thing that has changed about Henderson Middle School since the takeover.

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Posted by Barclay Key on 10/29/2015 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Other voices weigh in on Baker Kurrus as new LRSD superintendent

Here are some follow-up questions for Mr. Ledbetter and Mr. Key. May we see a copy of the job posting for LRSD superintendent? Who were the applicants? Mr. Ledbetter should get out more; committees make hiring decisions all the time. Mr. Key and Mr. Kurrus may be the nicest people in Little Rock, but their new employment perfectly personifies white privilege. If you’re white and have connections, you don’t need qualifications or experience. You just need to know the right people.

Mr. Ledbetter complains that people were not upset in 2004, 2005, and 2006, yet he continues to alienate and ostracize the people who are now engaged with the LRSD and have been for several years. People should have been upset then, but whether or not they were has no bearing on his egregious actions. And if things were so bad then, why in the world would we appoint a board member from that era as our new superintendent?!

I’m beginning to feel sorry for Mr. Ledbetter. He either has a hearing/seeing problem, a lying problem, or both. He stated, “All I was seeing was a school board that was essentially replacing superintendents and fighting among themselves.” A majority of the deposed LRSD board did not hire Dr. Suggs. His evidence for “fighting among themselves” apparently has two sources: Dr. Suggs and Ms. Leslie Fisken. Many of her public statements were clearly false, and Dr. Suggs isn’t exactly a reliable source. Three of the deposed board members testified under oath that there were disagreements, but everyone generally got along well. An LRSD associate superintendent testified under oath that he had not been around a more congenial school board in his 20+ years. Dr. Suggs testified that the board members could not get along and tried to prevent him from doing what he wanted. Someone lied. Mr. Ledbetter heard this testimony, but “a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest,” I suppose.

Like a lot of white folks, Mr. Ledbetter also suffers from “myblackfriend-itis.” Two black members of the state board voted for the takeover, so now he thinks the last four months have nothing to do with race. Of course, those two board members receive funding directly from the Waltons and Rockefellers, but [sarcasm alert] I’m sure they put those connections aside when they supported the takeover. Mr. Ledbetter and Mr. Key also like to invoke Senator Elliott’s name. I don’t know what else she could say to express her strong disagreement with their actions but since they knew her in the senate, they want to pretend everything is okay. And hey [sarcasm alert], if three black folks are nice to him, everything must be okay.

Mr. Ledbetter, everything is not okay. Stop playing political games with the children in this community. Take a moment to consider how your actions have exacerbated racial tensions in our community. Listen to the overwhelming majority of people who have asked that the state board get the hell out of the LRSD. If you want to help, that’s great. Visit one of our “distressed schools” and ask a principal or teacher what you can do.

23 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Barclay Key on 05/09/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Hearing underway on Little Rock School District; department recommends state intervention

Someone please ask Mr. Smith when he last visited or volunteered at one of these schools and how many teachers and parents he consulted from these schools.

21 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Barclay Key on 01/07/2015 at 2:58 PM

Re: “LR School Board member blasts colleagues as talk grows of state takeover of schools

i'm sure this letter was written to bring harmony. Maybe if the superintendent did something crazy like follow the law and board policy, folks could get along better.

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Posted by Barclay Key on 01/04/2015 at 10:20 AM

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