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Re: “Freedom of choice: A new force for segregation in schools

The other component of this, which is often overlooked, is that Charters are forcing traditional public schools to divert resources to placate the parents of wealthy white students who threaten to send their kids to Charter schools.

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Posted by Pierce on 06/18/2018 at 9:20 AM

Re: “On the agenda: More democracy for Little Rock city government

Little Rock's current form of government came about after a coalition of blacks and trade unionists defeated Pratt Remmel's reelection bid in 1955 and then elected a mayor and several city council members sympathetic to the city's working-class. The city's elite, angered that they had been challenged, then launched a municipal reform program that was designed to keep municipal power in the hands of the select few. The city's elites were so successful that they stripped Mayor Mann of his power by the middle of 1957, which created a municipal power vacuum that exacerbated the Central High crisis.

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Posted by Pierce on 06/12/2018 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Another one: Leslie Rutledge rejects proposed ballot initiative for casinos in four counties

The Initiative (and Referendum) were added to the Arkansas Constitution in 1908 in order protect working people from the corporate corruption of the General Assembly. Leslie Rutledge has effectively robbed Arkansans of the constitutional rights.

http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ency…

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Posted by Pierce on 05/09/2018 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Another one: Leslie Rutledge rejects proposed ballot initiative for casinos in four counties

The Initiative (and Referendum) were added to the Arkansas Constitution in 1908 to protect working people from the corporate corruption of the General Assembly. Leslie Rutledge has effectively take away our constitutional rights.

http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ency…

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Posted by Pierce on 05/09/2018 at 9:00 AM

Re: “State to dole out $7 million to high performing Arkansas public schools

I think that the piece needs a new headline: "State Awards Cash to Schools that Close Doors to Poor Kids."

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Posted by Pierce on 04/12/2018 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Governor Hutchinson calls for in-state tuition freeze at Arkansas four-year colleges

These schools need to start paying staff members (clerical, maintenance, etc) living wages. Too many fulltime university and college employees are forced to rely on SNAP and Arkids to survive. The governor needs to make living wages for state workers--rather than tax cuts for the rich--the state's priority.

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Posted by Pierce on 01/09/2018 at 3:08 PM

Re: “The highway name game in Conway

For what it is worth: One of Conway's major arteries--Dave Ward Drive--is named for one of the big wheels in the state's Dixiecrat movement. Dave Ward's involvement in the segregationist effort to block Truman's civil rights program can be traced through the Benjamin Travis Laney Papers at UCA, which is just off Dave Ward Drive.

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Posted by Pierce on 05/24/2017 at 12:22 PM

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