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Re: “Charters not a choice for all

The bottom line is that we all want the best for our own children and for any child who will be a part of the community in which we live. Every one of us has a different set of circumstances. I see both sides. The concern is that LRSD does not have the support of the state. Exactly what have they done to help us since taking over? The only great thing was putting Baker Kurrus in charge of the district. We could possibly all live in harmony with a bit of healthy competition among the schools if we had leaders who set public policy that didn't give "special treatment" to one group and not another. Choice is great, but there has to be some rules to the game. Unfortunately, in the state of Arkansas, I do believe that who ever has the deepest pockets gets their way. I do believe that Baker Kurrus was attempting to live in harmony. His comments regarding expansion were accurate facts. Since the policy regarding charter school expansion was not made crystal clear and charters DO receive funds from the state, there began the issue. Charter schools have been coming for a long time. Why the policy regarding their expansion and growth was not addressed is real cause to think that the right person was not selected by our governor to lead Arkansas schools. A chemical engineer to oversee the Arkansas State Department of Education??? Why Key thought terminating Kurrus' contract just for stating the facts is beyond me. Kurrus WAS building trust. He was fighting for his turf, his district and he has an investment in this community. He was transparent. Now what will happen? With Key at the helm, anything!

Posted by Boxerlady50 on 05/12/2016 at 8:54 PM

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

Asa appoints a chemical engineer, Key, to be over Education in the state of Arkansas. Key hires a person who is very heavily invested in the LR community, paid a low salary for that position, no buy out clause and he (Kurrus) does a out of this world job not only in raising test scores, but building trust and keeping teachers and students happy. Kurrus is a community leader whose only interest is making LR strong! Kurrus is fired suddenly and replaced by a man who does NOT have a resume that would prepare him to handle LR issues. Poore is an outsider with no known investment in this community. ALL OF THE TEACHERS took a pay cut for next year (shorter contracts) because there is no money but the Chemical Engineer pays Poore $75,000 more than Kurrus, gives him a buy out clause, car, phone......LESSON: Chemical Engineers are not trained to be superintendents of schools. They are trained to be Chemical Engineers. Why does our governor not understand this? I am considering applying to be over the Arkansas Medical Association even though I am not a doctor nor do I have any medical training ......or maybe Asa will just appoint me!

Posted by Boxerlady50 on 05/12/2016 at 8:14 PM
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