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Re: “No to charter expansion

As an educator in the state of Arkansas and advocate for equal educational experiences for all students, I find this article highly disappointing and factually incorrect. Yes, citizens should support local public schools. However, if the local public school system is already segregated and less focused on reform, it is a parent or guardian's right to seek other options that may encourage student growth and success. It is true that eStem and LISA are public open enrollment charter schools, but what was not mentioned in this article is the fact that they both offer a free alternative to the local district versus the traditional private schools that many economically disadvantaged do not have access to. Of course the student population is diverse - guardians and parents to have to provide transportation and purchase uniforms. However so do parents at some lrsd schools. Is if wise to say that these charter schools and many more to come are discriminating specifically for the purpose of it? The answer is no. I stand by my statement that it is not right to target these two schools for providing families with an alternative of similar options. Let's not penalize or publicly rain negativity on choice.

Also, the two listed schools are technically not removing or causing decreasing numbers in LRSD. There are more open enrollment schools opening in Little Rock. Parents are choosing K-12 and other online educators, as well as private schools. If collectively, these two charter schools are receiving less than 3000 students..why are they sole characters of blame? Instead of focusing on the expansions of the charter schools, shouldn't advocates focus on reforming LRSD (as has been suggested by the author of this article multiple times over the previous years) and finding out from its local communities what can be done to better serves families and their students.

Lastly, I ask that readers conduct their own research of school demographics via the Arkansas Department of Education website as much of what was used in this call to action letter is incorrect. While on the ADE website, take a look at the demographics of the LRSD schools that will clearly show a major disparity in their own diversity such as the segregation within their magnet schools, converted charter schools, and the intentionally discriminatory zoning of communities.

Allow eStem and LISA the opportunity to expand; encourage Lrsd to improve.

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Posted by StudentSuccessComesFirst on 03/07/2016 at 6:47 AM


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