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Re: “Judge Griffen says NO to LR school taxation without representation; no 'field hand' for chamber, Waltons.

This is a "no win" situation for LRSD and Little Rock.

If the bond issue is rejected by voters, that will be used against them---the state will claim that Little Rock voters don't support the LRSD and use that to justify the continued growth of charter schools as an alternative to LRSD.

If the bond issue is approved, then taxpayers will be helping to fund charter schools indirectly because excess facilities will be transferred from LRSD to charter schools.

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Posted by Hume N. Bien on 04/06/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Politico: White House unhappy with SNL's Spicer roasting

Meryl Streep already impersonated Trump, during the campaign in 2016. She wore a fake gut and a very long red tie.…

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Posted by Hume N. Bien on 02/06/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “LR City Board to consider urging highway department to broaden I-30 options

I am a state employee (I work at UALR). I have to pay for parking unless I want to park very far away from my office. It surprises me to learn that other state employees get free parking close to their offices.

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Posted by Hume N. Bien on 01/09/2016 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Lottery scholarship legislation among the worst of early bill filings

ACT scores below 25 indicate a middle school level of achievement. These scores can be achieved on the 8th grade EXPLORE test, which includes no high school content. According to ACT, Inc., a student should score at least as well on the ACT as they do on the EXPLORE, if the two tests are taken closely together in time. Thus, an 8th grade student who gets an EXPLORE score of 22 should also be able to score 22 or above on the ACT in the 8th grade. In my personal experience as an educator, this is true.

Eighth grade students who have mastered middle school content should score in the range of 21-25 on the EXPLORE and within that range or higher on the ACT. Thus, requiring a 22 for the lottery scholarship is equivalent to making sure that scholarship recipients have mastered middle school.

A 12th grade student who is scoring below the 21-25 range on the ACT, has not mastered middle school content, much less high school content. So, there is little justification for giving college scholarships to students with ACT scores below 22. If anything, that cutoff is way too low---why not require high school levels of achievement, instead of middle school levels of achievement, for college scholarships?

However, what should undoubtedly be done is to add a financial need test to the qualification requirements. Scholarships, including the lottery scholarship, should be based on a combination of academic readiness and financial need.

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Posted by Hume N. Bien on 12/28/2014 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Main Street block recommended for LR Tech Park: UPDATE

There is already a Commerce Street in downtown Little Rock, four blocks east of Main Street. It runs alongside MacArthur Park, the Arkansas Arts Center, and south of I-630. A portion of it used to exist between Capitol and Markham, but that was renamed River Market Avenue a few years ago.

So, the corner of "Entertainment and Commerce" is a strange proposal for an intersection that is four blocks away from an actual Commerce Street.

Maybe they will rename the remaining portion of Commerce Street, since there isn't much commerce on it anymore. It could be called Museum Street or MacArthur Street.

BTW, Little Rock streets and avenues are screwed up mightily. The streets and avenues should be perpendicular to each other, but Little Rock has avenues that run east-west, and avenues that run north-south. Ditto for streets.

It's much easier to find your way around a city if all of its streets run east-west, and all of its avenues run north-south, or vice versa.

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Posted by Hume N. Bien on 07/09/2014 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Crystal Bridges Museum moving Frank Lloyd Wright house to Bentonville

Citizen 1 has a good point. Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses to fit into the natural settings of specific sites. So, it might not be architecturally sound to move a Frank Lloyd Wright house to a new site. I suppose that the natural setting for the house can be recreated at Crystal Bridges so that the house fits into its new site as intended by Wright, but that is quite an undertaking. I guess money is no object, however, so maybe they will pull it off.

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Posted by Hume N. Bien on 01/15/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Parking deck coming to Riverfront Park

Acxiom's downtown parking deck was supposed to be available for the general public after 5 p.m. and on weekends. That was part of the deal to approve its construction.

Is the general public allowed to use the Acxiom parking deck?

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Posted by Hume N. Bien on 06/20/2013 at 12:02 PM

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