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Re: “A new date proposed for Little Rock school election; problems remain

Nothing against Gary Newton, but when I saw that he was for the tax, I immediately questioned my thoughts on possibly supporting the roll.

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Posted by paratus on 02/22/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Razorback women take a knee during National Anthem; angry fans erupt

There are few things more American than protest. These ladies faced the flag and kneeled quietly while the Anthem played. That is an extremely respectful protest. They could have turned their backs to the flag. They could have caused a disruption by making noise. They could have talked to each other, Snapped, Tweeted, gone Live on Facebook, etc....but they didn't. Instead, they decided to love something enough to be critical of it. That is very American.

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Posted by paratus on 11/04/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Detroit: Another charter school failures raises anew questions about Little Rock

I am not necessarily against charter schools. If they exist in their originally intended capacity as incubators or educational innovation, then I would wholeheartedly support their existence. Charter schools were not meant to be charter school systems. They were definitely not meant to operate parallel to, and in competition with, traditional public schools. If charter schools were small education incubators, with populations that represented a sample of LRSD demographics (pre-charter expansion), they wouldn't be as controversial. The problem is that they are not incubators of innovative educational principles.

So, the question now is how do we proceed? Charters are not going away. They are a permanent part of our educational environment. They receive and operate on local tax dollars yet have accountability to only an appointed board of directors (both their own and the State Board). What kind of collaborations between LRSD and local charter schools will come out of the Stakeholder Board? Will we ever get started on the school in SWLR? Very few people living in that area believe it will ever be built. Especially now that the middle school has been build in WLR. How will charters (through their resources, teachers, facilities, etc...) add value to the traditional public schools?

Lots of questions. Many in the district feel like they are standing on thin ice while they can see and hear the raging water flowing underneath.

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Posted by paratus on 06/29/2016 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Wes Flanigan to coach Little Rock men's basketball

This is a great choice. He is a natural choice given his experience, ties to Little Rock, connections from previous coaching and recruiting positions, etc...

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Posted by paratus on 03/31/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Indictments in federally financed summer food program

Where is she going to go?

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Posted by paratus on 12/18/2014 at 10:16 PM

Re: “UPDATE: A debate worth watching: Candidates for attorney general

That was difficult to watch. It really wasn't even a contest. Leslie looked as if she were going to cry.

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Posted by paratus on 10/15/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Little Rock Central back on top of National Merit semi-finalist list for Arkansas

Check the LRSD Zoning Map for Central and juxtapose it on a map of housing prices. One hint, those houses didn't increase in price because they were in the Central High School Zone. You're welcome.

Posted by paratus on 10/03/2013 at 7:32 AM

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