The week that was May 9-15 

It was a good week for …

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. A study committee there seems prepared to bow to the inevitable — ASU must drop Indians as a mascot because of the NCAA rule against use of Native American symbols.

EXECUTIVE POWER. The Little Rock City Board scheduled discussions on giving the mayor veto power and the ability to hire and fire key administrators.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST. State Board of Education member Naccaman Williams, who’s paid to help shepherd charter school funding provided by the Walton Family Foundation, continues to vote regularly on charter school applications that come before the state board. Surprise: He’s nearly always amenable. His actions included a pivotal vote this week for continued support of a charter school reporting declining test scores and a student body with few minorities in the middle of Hispanic-rich Benton County.

BICYCLISTS. Central Arkansas Transit rolled out bus bike racks this week.

COOLING OFF. Little Rock School Board President Katherine Mitchell decided not to press for an emergency suspension of Superintendent Roy Brooks, preferring to wait for a May 30 hearing on a recommendation that he be fired. Hope remains that the cooling-off period could provide time to work out a negotiated departure of the divisive superintendent.

It was a bad week for …

The ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE. It continues to report inaccurately the facts surrounding the use of National Guard troops to block desegregation of Central High School in 1957. The idea of the skewed recapitulation of events is to make the federal court look bad and to make Gov. Orval E. Faubus look good. It so happens that the editor’s father was attorney for the segs’ interest in 1957 legal action.

STATUS QUO IN HIGHER EDUCATION. Gov. Mike Beebe said he would propose a plan to tie state funding to student retention and graduation rates. One question this raises: can grade inflation be

From the ArkTimes store


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Woo. An open line

    The open line. Hogs, Trump, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
    • Sep 23, 2017
  • Trump launches attack on 'SOBs' of the NFL

    Donald Trump led a rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange Friday night and the resulting news coverage (if not in our local newspaper) is giving great attention for his rant against the NFL, including but not limited to players who have made political statements by taking a knee during the National Anthem.
    • Sep 23, 2017
  • Driver killed in crash with Maumelle officer

    Maumelle police report the death early this morning of a motorist who crashed head-on with a Maumelle police officer. The officer and two passengers in the other vehicle were injured.
    • Sep 23, 2017
  • More »

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Readers also liked…

  • Eligible voters removed from rolls

    Arkansas Times reporters contacted election officials around the state to see how they had handled flawed felon data from the secretary of state. Responses varied dramatically.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Real Republicans don't do pre-K

    Also, drifting away from trump, Hudson's downfall at ASU and more.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Asa on pre-K

    • Aug 17, 2016

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Latest in The Week That Was

Event Calendar

« »


  1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments


© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation