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Re: “Think Big Little Rock makes its pitch to Little Rock Chamber

Or maybe no one took your supposed question seriously, since a google search for "large scale study on the value of Pre-K" returns the following result in .64 seconds:…

Seems like you don't really care to know.

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Posted by Morris on 12/15/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Dear Little Rock,

Hey Clayton, I've been wondering why you keep bringing up Central High in seemingly unrelated arguments. But you mean "LR City Hall," right? Sorry man, LRCH belongs to the Tigers! Get your own acronym. :)

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Posted by Morris on 10/23/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Thursday's open line and the daily news roundup

Re: Durango's post, check the bottom of the page. It's the same day Clarence Thomas was sworn in at SCOTUS.

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Posted by Morris on 10/19/2017 at 9:21 PM

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

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