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Re: “At town hall, Little Rock school patrons question state education officials on charters, local control

Well "ok," I didn't realize that equal educational opportunities for all, especially the citizens with the least resources, was a "liberal" cause.

It strikes me that we're about the celebrate 60 years of integration at Central, yet the people controlling our school system are doing their best to re-segregate the schools. Forcing white people to go to school with black people was a worthy cause, and it has helped our society tremendously. But we seem to have forgotten the core reason that segregation was finally (officially) ended: schools were not providing equal educational opportunities. Black kids got leftover books, crappy buildings, less funding, underpaid teachers, etc, etc...

So here we are, celebrating this great stride of integration, while actively separating our schools into different pockets and systems and territories. We shouldn't be too proud just because we have racial diversity in our "haves" and "have notes." We should be greatly bothered by how we still treat the least among us.

What happens to those country kids who don't live in Maumelle, Sherwood, etc? There was a time in this state when leadership realized that you can't offer students big-time programs in tiny schools, and they consolidated smaller schools. Now, somehow, they've decided to go the other way.

Maybe everyone is apathetic. Or maybe they can't get to a townhall. Or maybe they work night jobs. Or maybe, just maybe, they are smart enough to realize that the fix is already in with the Walton Foundation and the ADE. For myself, I find it frustrating and useless to yell into the wind.

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Posted by Morris on 08/25/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Add the ACLU to questions about Little Rock ordinance to stop homeless feeding

How much does the city board allocate to feed the hungry? Anywhere near the $300,000.00 they give to the Chamber of Commerce?

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Posted by Morris on 05/15/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Friday's done

"When Trump goes - will America be stuck with a..."

Exactly my problem with all of the impeachment talk. We go from Trump, to Pence, to Ryan, to Hatch, to Tillerson. Which one do you want?

Mid-term elections and 2020 are the only things that can help undo this mess.

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Posted by Morris on 05/12/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “State School Board member 'sick' of hearing about Little Rock School District; backers demand apology

I disagree that we should have to go back to the beginning of this conversation every time it is restarted. If you don't know of the history of the LRSD takeover, and you actually care, try the archives. It's all been well documented and discussed.

One point, though, that I don't think has ever gotten enough attention is how "proficiency" is measured. The standardized test that was used to label the LRSD as failing has been replaced, twice. Why? Because it was a bad test. And who has answered for subjecting students to that bad test for 10 years?

Yet, we still stick with decisions made from "data" generated by this bad test. And since we've since switched tests--twice--it's going to take a few years to get another baseline of performance. Even more time to really analyze data for patterns of deficiencies.

Proficiency becomes a meaningless abstraction when no one understands the method of measurement.

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Posted by Morris on 05/12/2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “How low can they go? An insulting flyer for Little Rock school tax

If you believe Johnny Key and his bosses care about LRSD being anything other than a second-tier, catch-all for charter/private culls, I've got some oceanfront property in Nevada that I'd love to tell you about.

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Posted by Morris on 04/28/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Little Rock: The gun violence continues — one dead, two wounded

Clayton is saying something true. We as citizens tend to want things to change, but we don't want to change anything. We tend to think that the current system only needs a few tweaks to get it right. Nope.

Until people are ready to REALLY try some different approaches, nothing will change. Cheap guns are definitely a symptom of our problems, but not the root. It is, and always has been, and always will be, economic instability.

As long as we have plenty of money for more bombs, military weapons for police, prisons, and executions--while at the same time CAN'T find money for schools, food, housing, healthcare, and public works--then everything will stay just like it is.

Every citizen of a community has to decide what he/she is willing to change in his/her own life for the greater good of that community. And Clayton is right: most of us answer, "not much, it's them that need to change."

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Posted by Morris on 04/28/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “The Jack Jones, Marcel Williams execution thread

"Ballad of the Hanged Men"

Human brothers who live after us,
Do not have (your) hearts hardened against us,
For, if you take pity on us poor (fellows),
God will sooner have mercy on you.
You see us tied here, five, six:
As for the flesh, that we nurtured too much,
It is already long-time consumed, and rotting,
And we, the bones, become ashes and powder.
Of our pain let no one make fun,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!

If we call you brothers, you must not
Have scorn for it, although we were killed
By justice. Nevertheless, you know
That all men do not have staid common sense.
Forgive us, since we are shivering,
Toward the son of the Virgin Mary,
That his grace may not run dry for us,
Preserving us from the infernal wrath.
We are dead, let no soul harry us,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!

Rain has unsmirched and washed us
And the sun has dried and blackened us;
Magpies and crows have carved out our eyes,
And torn off our beards and eyebrows.
We never sit for a moment;
Now here, then there, as the wind changes,
at its pleasure, without cease (it) tosses us,
More pecked by birds than thimbles.
Do not then be of our brotherhood,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!

Prince Jesus, who has command of all,
Prevent Hell from having lordship over us:
With him, we have nothing to perform nor to trade.
Men, there is no mockery here,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all.

~Francois Villon, 1489

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Posted by Morris on 04/24/2017 at 5:15 PM

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