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Re: “Local control of Little Rock School District farther away than thought

A Forum on Re-Segregation, Privatization, and De-Funding of Public Education will occur January 24-26 at New Millennium Church in Little Rock. Check it out at www, Speakers will include Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock 9 and Dr. Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains.

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Posted by Thinking on 01/12/2019 at 10:05 PM

Re: “A prayer for Little Rock

Preston Clegg is a prophet and patriot in the best sense of both titles!

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Posted by Thinking on 01/03/2019 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Proposal coming to end teacher fair dismissal law for all of LR School District

Wishing you a full recovery, Aqua Blue!

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Posted by Thinking on 12/11/2018 at 5:38 AM

Re: “Frank Scott Jr. elected mayor of Little Rock, topping Baker Kurrus in runoff

History made.

Frank Scott, Jr. will be the next mayor of the capitol city of Arkansas.

Eric Higgins will be the next sheriff of Pulaski County.

Terri Hollingsworth will be the next circuit clerk of Pulaski County.

Definitely this is historic. This may even surpass Reconstruction Era electoral gains by black people in Pulaski County and Little Rock.

Now, let's work on fixing the undemocratic city board of directors by abolishing the at-large director positions.

Let's regain local control of the Little Rock School District.

Let's change the "patrol and control" Little Rock Police Department to a true public service law enforcement agency focused on community engagement.

Congratulations, Mayor-Elect Scott, and best wishes!

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Posted by Thinking on 12/04/2018 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Setting the record straight on Baker Kurrus and local control of Little Rock schools

Call it whatever you like, Benji, if it makes you (and other Kurrus fans) feel better). But Frank Scott didn't fabricate anything.

Baker Kurrus opposed reinstatement of the democratically elected school board. He was content to run the Little Rock School District, despite being (like Johnny Key) statutorily unqualified for the job he accepted. Talk about affirmative action! Now, when called out about that history by a black man Kurrus and his supporters want to dismiss by faint praise, Kurrus gets indignant.

He wasn't indignant when democratically elected school board members were deposed.

He wasn't indignant about taking the job of running what was then the state's largest school district without having the required education.

He wasn't indignant about shutting the deposed school board members out of being reinstated.

He wasn't indignant about doing Johnny Key's bidding until he realized what the deposed school board members already knew, that Johnny Key doesn't care about public education in the Little Rock School District and doesn't care about being accountable to Little Rock School District patrons.

Baker Kurrus took a long time to become indignant, and it is telling that he directed his ire at Frank Scott, Jr. for exposing history Kurrus (and his fans) would like people to not remember.

Frank Scott, Jr. called Kurrus out, but many other folks (aside from Scott and Jim Ross) remember that Kurrus was content to work for an unqualified white man (Johnny Key) and run the Little Rock School District as his hand-picked overseer. However, Kurrus was unwilling to work for and with the democratically elected, qualified, and majority black school board that the unqualified white man replaced before installing him (another unqualified white man) as school superintendent.

Like it or not, (and you shouldn't like it), that's the history Baker Kurrus will never outlive, and that the rest of us should never forget, even if some people (including the Times and Kurrus) would rather we not mention it.

Hooray for Frank Scott, Jr. for forcing Kurrus to face that "inconvenient truth." As for Kurrus, his indignation is both misguided, unconvincing, and proves his hypocrisy about supporting local control of the Little Rock School District. Kurrus was for local control after he got fired, but against local control when he wanted to get hired.

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Posted by Thinking on 11/28/2018 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Judicial Discipline Commission dismisses ethics charge against Arkansas Supreme Court

Let's think this through, Max.

The JDDC is prosecuting Wendell Griffen for being unethical because he granted a temporary restraining order politicians didn't like. The JDDC refused to dismiss that ethics charge several months ago. Now the JDDC says that Commission Rule 6B requires dismissal of ethics charges against the Supremes decision to ban Griffen from death penalty cases without notice, a hearing, and the chance to confront his accusers.

If Griffen's decision to issue the TRO was legally incorrect, but not based on "fraud, corrupt motive, or bad faith," why was he charged with unethical conduct? Why didn't the JDDC dismiss the charge against Griffen and cite Rule 6B?

What facts show that Griffen's TRO decision was based on "fraud, corrupt motive, or bad faith?"

If "fraud, corrupt motive, or bad faith" requires facts to prove it, how did the JDDC decide there are no facts showing "fraud, corrupt motive, or bad faith" by the Supremes decision to ban Griffen without conducting a hearing?

Why wouldn't such a hearing be held in public?

Why did the JDDC hold that hearing yesterday without telling Chief Justice Dan Kemp, the other Supremes, Wendell Griffen, Griffen's lawyer Mike Laux, or the public they were going to do so?

I'm probably not the only person who has these questions. Did the JDDC address them in the decision to dismiss the ethics charges against the Supremes after meeting in secret? If not, why?

Does anyone else suspect a cover-up?

Does anyone else suspect the Supremes are getting off scot-free and Griffen is getting screwed, whether you approve of him or not?

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Posted by Thinking on 11/17/2018 at 3:48 AM

Re: “Rashod Ollison, writer and friend, dies in Virginia UPDATE

Amen, Max.

Rashod Ollison's life story and genius as a writer and cultural commentator was nurtured, encouraged, and boosted by public school teachers. A gentle giant grew up among us, attended public schools, and became a brilliant man. We should grieve his passing, comfort his loved ones, and protect and cherish the public education that helped produce and introduce his genius to the world.

Be at peace, Rashod. We miss you, and won't forget you.

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Posted by Thinking on 10/17/2018 at 5:58 PM

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