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ricepig

Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #150 on: January 02, 2019, 10:40:36 am »

According to a six page piece in the ADG several years ago, football in LR is considered an extracurricular activity. They start practice at 3:30-4:00 and buses take them home afterward.......some kids who have a car run all over town dropping the others off at their house. Most don't get in until dark-thirty and still have to shower, eat, do homework, and hopefully catch a few hours sleep before it starts all over again.

That's why some of the best athletes/potential 4 & 5 star kids in LR are walking the hallways or the streets. They just don't wanna deal with that mess.

Thanks J. Walker.....over $85,000,000 blown since the late '80's and what good has it done?

They went back to practicing in the last period/block a couple of years ago, but it's still a chore to get them back home.

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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #151 on: January 03, 2019, 09:16:48 am »

They went back to practicing in the last period/block a couple of years ago, but it's still a chore to get them back home.

The LRSD has heard from people about this but they stubbornly resist any changes.   I like many have NO idea why they are so stubborn when school staff have told them the low participation levels are causing crime and gang growth.
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #152 on: January 03, 2019, 10:04:24 am »

Why is it any more of a struggle for kids to get home after practice in Little Rock than it is in Fort Smith, or Rogers, or Pine Bluff or Jonesboro?
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« Reply #153 on: January 03, 2019, 10:20:13 am »

Why is it any more of a struggle for kids to get home after practice in Little Rock than it is in Fort Smith, or Rogers, or Pine Bluff or Jonesboro?

The LRSD busses kids to schools that are across town as a part of the desegregation plan.  It really is much different than those other cities.
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #154 on: January 03, 2019, 10:24:59 am »

The LRSD has heard from people about this but they stubbornly resist any changes.  I like many have NO idea why they are so stubborn when school staff have told them the low participation levels are causing crime and gang growth.
Easy answer for that one: They are stubborn and change resistant because it would require them to actually WORK. No way that's going to happen, and you can't fire them. That would only end up in even more lawsuits.

They couldn't give a rotten rat's you-now-what about what's best for the kids or the community, by and large. I realize there may be...MAY be...one or two in the LRSD administration that feel differently, but come on! We are talking about a district with a long history of stealing taxpayer money, misappropriation of funds, etc.
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #155 on: January 03, 2019, 10:34:55 am »

The LRSD has heard from people about this but they stubbornly resist any changes.   I like many have NO idea why they are so stubborn when school staff have told them the low participation levels are causing crime and gang growth.

They have an athletic period since the 2014-2015 seasons.
 

https://twitter.com/RobertYates1982/status/459784980848476161?s=19

https://twitter.com/MichaelPoore1/status/831306604943437824?s=19
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #156 on: January 03, 2019, 10:56:31 am »

The LRSD busses kids to schools that are across town as a part of the desegregation plan.  It really is much different than those other cities.

I thought that ended when school choice went into effect.
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #157 on: January 03, 2019, 11:49:29 am »

They have an athletic period since the 2014-2015 seasons.
 

https://twitter.com/RobertYates1982/status/459784980848476161?s=19

https://twitter.com/MichaelPoore1/status/831306604943437824?s=19

Yes but some kids have a single mother working full time that can't get off work in time to pick them up on the other side of town.
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #158 on: January 03, 2019, 11:55:31 am »

Yes but some kids have a single mother working full time that can't get off work in time to pick them up on the other side of town.
That happens in every school district. I know at one time, LRSD was still busing these athletes home after practice, big reason their athletic department budgets were "zero", they spent a tremendous amount on busing.
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #159 on: January 03, 2019, 06:02:54 pm »



The most important issue is, "did we improve the talent of the roster compared to what CBB left us?"   No recruiting ranking can properly ascertain the improvement of talent of an individual team because talent improvement and filling talent HOLES in the position groups is more critical for teams.  Arkansas suffered from talent HOLES and over all speed and talent.  The NEW talent compared to the current talent of the last 2 years is an important consideration for improvement of this team/roster.  This recruiting class brought in some serious talent and filled some talent holes, especially for a 2-10 season.   Just think what he could do if we have a 7-5 season with obvious progress?  We need LBs in a bad way still but the 2nd signing date and grad transfers can clear that up.   Conversely, you can look at what we have done with a lot of 3 star SCHOLAR athletes mixed in with some studs during the Long/CBB era.

We have had a scattered approach to recruiting after joined the SEC and lost our connection with Texas.  CCM has major credibility and image with East Texas, Central Texas and DFW schools.  Traylor is a rock star in TX HS FB as well. CCM and Co. opened pipelines to productive High School programs in TX and then opened more doors in LA, and the SE US.   Chavis is a big door opener from Texas to South Carolina.

At this time, I'm not as worried about our Recruiting ranking against other SEC teams.  I only use national recruiting rankings to see if we are improving against NON-SEC schools, because the SEC cheats too much to worry about competing against the SEC cheaters with one arm tied behind your back.  OM getting a slap on the wrist only emboldens the other cheaters in the SEC.  I see that we are improving our talent with this class via the rankings, but it isn't that dramatic when UGA, Miss St, A&M, UT and of course OM are recently moving up to the Bama, AU, UF, LSU levels of recruiting.  We are in a conference with almost 10 teams that are recruiting at an insanely high level which has made a big jump while we were failing with CBB.
good post Hogmatic.  I have thought of it like this as well.  We are getting all excited about a class that is really middle of the pack if maybe just under the middle IN THE SEC.   Yes it is such an improvement from what BB had been getting recently and we are certainly happy about this, but you dont see Ark listed when the top 5-10 classes are listed and 5-6 SEC schools are recruiting better to much better than our 2019 class.   But heck, Im happy.  Its an improvement.  It at least gets us a step closer to being able to actually compete on the same field and SEC schools.  Last year, it was apparent that our guys were just not at the level as the SEC competition.  Size, speed-- were just not there.  We were slower and smaller and we got manhandled sometimes.  CCM has got us headed in the right direction.

If CCM can, as they say, "build a fence around ARK" and get the top talent in the state then cherry pick a few players from TX, OK, Louisiana, Miss, Tennessee and maybe southern Missouri, he can have a consistently good class each year.  I hope that maybe someday a 5 star recruit might be interested in ARK.  I had always thought Sosa Agim was a 5 star but I read where when he was recruited to ARK, he was a 4 star.  Anyway he was/is darned good and Im glad we have him.  We need several more like him.

Its interesting to read on here about the difference between ARK high school facilities/football and Alabama or Louisiana and definitely TEX.  I always knew they have much more talent but I never knew why.  I guess we can see now why it is the way it is. 

I like how CCM has tried to fill needs of the team to get some depth and competition.  He signed so many linemen and now he can concentrate on speed and skilled positions even more.   I just hope he and his staff can coach these guys up.

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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #160 on: January 03, 2019, 06:12:09 pm »

Why is it any more of a struggle for kids to get home after practice in Little Rock than it is in Fort Smith, or Rogers, or Pine Bluff or Jonesboro?

Because the people running the city of LR (in nearly every phase) are complete idiots. Dumbasses.  Morons.

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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #161 on: January 03, 2019, 09:04:04 pm »

Because the people running the city of LR (in nearly every phase) are complete idiots. Dumbasses.  Morons.
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #162 on: January 04, 2019, 12:00:14 am »

Because the people running the city of LR (in nearly every phase) are complete idiots. Dumbasses.  Morons.

The powers that be in LR have been shortsighted for generations. Little Rock had a chance to put in a bid for a land grant college but chose not to and a sleepy lil town in NWA did. Fred Smith started FedEx in Little Rock and asked the powers that be to extend one runway at Adams Field to accomodate the larger planes he needed to grow his company. Smith was told no and he said fine and moved FedEx to Memphis.

Imagine if the UA and FedEx were in Little Rock. I have said for years that Little Rock is a great little city with so much potential and many holding it back.

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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #163 on: January 04, 2019, 06:57:50 am »

Fred Smith started FedEx in Little Rock and asked the powers that be to extend one runway at Adams Field to accomodate the larger planes he needed to grow his company. Smith was told no and he said fine and moved FedEx to Memphis.

Imagine if the UA and FedEx were in Little Rock. I have said for years that Little Rock is a great little city with so much potential and many holding it back.

That has to be the most ridiculous thing any city has ever pulled.  LR could be similar to Austin, TX, by now if those idiots hadn't bitched about traffic and tried to pile extra taxes on FedEx.

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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #164 on: January 04, 2019, 08:03:48 am »

That has to be the most ridiculous thing any city has ever pulled.  LR could be similar to Austin, TX, by now if those idiots hadn't bitched about traffic and tried to pile extra taxes on FedEx.
Yes, the FedEx fiasco is The CLASSIC Example of the history of LR's..."leadership." And the history of the UofA shows how long that "leadership" has..."led."

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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #165 on: January 04, 2019, 08:31:02 am »

The powers that be in LR have been shortsighted for generations. Little Rock had a chance to put in a bid for a land grant college but chose not to and a sleepy lil town in NWA did. Fred Smith started FedEx in Little Rock and asked the powers that be to extend one runway at Adams Field to accomodate the larger planes he needed to grow his company. Smith was told no and he said fine and moved FedEx to Memphis.

Imagine if the UA and FedEx were in Little Rock. I have said for years that Little Rock is a great little city with so much potential and many holding it back.

There is another one if you have worked in our State's aerospace industry.  Little Rock had the best connection imaginable to McDonnell Douglas Aerospace but did not take advantage of it bring some of the production to LR.  After he died the state got an MD facility in Melbourne in the early 90s that has since been shut down.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Smith_McDonnell

James Smith "Mac" McDonnell (April 9, 1899 – August 22, 1980) was an American aviator, engineer, and businessman. He was an aviation pioneer and founder of McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, later McDonnell Douglas, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.   This is almost as bad as the Fedex loss but VERY few people know of it.

Born in Denver, Colorado, McDonnell was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Little Rock High School in 1917.[1] He was a graduate of Princeton University class of 1921, and earned a Master's of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT in 1925. While attending MIT he joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. After graduating from MIT, he was hired by Tom Towle for the Stout Metal Airplane Division of the Ford Motor Company.[2] In 1927, he was hired by the Hamilton Metalplane Company to develop similar metal monoplanes. He then went on to Huff Daland Airplane Company.

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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #166 on: January 04, 2019, 09:09:10 am »

That has to be the most ridiculous thing any city has ever pulled.  LR could be similar to Austin, TX, by now if those idiots hadn't bitched about traffic and tried to pile extra taxes on FedEx.

There was an article years ago in the Arkansas Times (IIRC) on Little Rock and it's stupid decision making. They showed how in 1960 LR and Austin were almost exactly the same size and then how that started changing in the 70's and why.  Brought it forward to the 90's and how Austin had made a concerted effort to get tech companies to move from NorCal to Austin and the effect that had on the city. All the while LR is languishing.

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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #167 on: January 04, 2019, 09:21:02 am »

Easy answer for that one: They are stubborn and change resistant because it would require them to actually WORK. No way that's going to happen, and you can't fire them. That would only end up in even more lawsuits.

They couldn't give a rotten rat's you-now-what about what's best for the kids or the community, by and large. I realize there may be...MAY be...one or two in the LRSD administration that feel differently, but come on! We are talking about a district with a long history of stealing taxpayer money, misappropriation of funds, etc.

Little Rock citizens and those that love LR and care about our Capitol city should email these groups to explain your concerns.

Superintendent Michael Poore
Little Rock School District
Mike.Poore@lrsd.org

LRSD Community Advisory Board Members

The State Board of Education approved in July the list of candidates recommended by Commissioner Johnny Key to serve as LRSD Community Advisory Board (CAB) members.  The CAB consists of representatives from each of the seven (7) LRSD school zones.  Members and their zones are listed below:

LaShannon Spencer – Zone 1       LaShannon.Spencer@lrsd.org
Maria Chavarria-Garcia – Zone 2       Lupita.Chavarria@lrsd.org
Melanie Fox – Zone 3                       Melanie.Fox@lrsd.org
Jeff Wood – Zone 4                       Jeff.Wood@lrsd.org
TBD – Zone 5       
Anthony Hampton – Zone 6       Anthony.Hampton@lrsd.org
Michael Mason - Zone 7               Michael.Mason@lrsd.org

Members will serve under the supervision and direction of the commissioner until LRSD is returned to local control, or until the State Board annexes, consolidates, or reconstitutes the school district.  The CAB will meet monthly with the superintendent, conduct hearings and make recommendations for student and personnel hearings, build community capacity, and submit reports to the State Board and Commissioner of Education.  Meetings will be held in the LRSD Student Center, 810 W. Markham, on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Go to this Org Chart and that may be John Walker's son as staff Lawyer?
http://www.lrsd.org/sites/default/files/Org%20Chart/2018/2018-19-LRSD-ORGANIZATIONAL-CHART.pdf


Speaking of John Walker.....I assume there are still critical differences in historically white and black schools but almost 50 years of Fed control still has not fixed the issue.  The disparity needs to fixed as much as possible.  The substantial funds that have been spent on legal fees to Mr. Walker would have to be able to cover a large part of the funding needed to bring these schools up to standard.   In spite of Federal Funds ending in 2014 John Walker still sues the school district and takes money that could be used on bringing these schools up to standard.

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/sep/25/2-new-schools-in-county-are-called-uneq/

An Aug. 9 tour of three schools in the Pulaski County Special School District vividly demonstrated differences in the quality of facilities, the judge presiding over a 35-year-old federal lawsuit said Monday.

While impressed with the newly built Mills University Studies High School in the southeastern part of the county, which serves communities with a high percentage of black students, the accommodations there pale in comparison with those at the newly built Joe T. Robinson Middle School in the western, predominantly white area of the county, U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. told attorneys Monday.

He told attorney John Walker, who represents a group of black intervenors in an ongoing desegregation case, that he had proven his point about the inequality of the facilities by suggesting the tour of those facilities and the 8-year-old Maumelle High School, which also serves predominantly white students.

In spite of Federal Funds ending in 2014 John Walker still sues the school district.   https://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2015/10/07/john-walker-prepared-to-rev-up-school-legislation
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #168 on: January 04, 2019, 09:31:52 am »

https://www.arkansaslearns.org/blogpost/896464/309637/Best-Interests-of-Students-v-Self-Interests-of-John-Walker

This is VERY interesting from Sept 18.

Monday night, at a public meeting at Pinnacle View Middle School (PVMS), two parents submitted an alternative plan to those proposed by the Little Rock School District for the empty 70,000 sf building on the PVMS campus. The parents' pragmatic approach suggested that the Little Rock School District utilize the building to expand campus capacity to accept rising sixth graders from the Pulaski County Special School District. In turn, the Pulaski County Special School District's Robinson campus would accept rising ninth graders from PVMS. The two campuses are just 3 miles apart on Highway 10.

Collaboration between traditional school districts south of the river. What a concept.  Tuesday morning, Cynthia Howell wrote about it in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.  Tuesday afternoon, John Walker referenced it in a filing to U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall, Jr. and mischaracterized the parent initiative by writing: "on information and belief, it appears that the PCSSD and LRSD are engagedIn discussion regarding obligations and possible repurposing the Robinson schools and the Pinnacle View school in the LRSD."

To our knowledge, they are not. But if they are, it's about time.   Little Rock, Central Arkansas and the entire State of Arkansas will not grow or thrive until the best interests of students are prioritized over the self interests of adults, in this case, John Walker's.

His latest, knee-jerk federal court filing embodies everything that's wrong with public education in the county. Unitary status for PCSSD cannot come soon enough.   

The irony in all of this is that individual parents do not need to wait on John Walker, LRSD or PCSSD. If it has capacity, PVMS is already available to LRSD students via School Choice. And Robinson is available to LRSD students in the same way. Simply complete and submit the School Choice Application by May1st. http://www.arkansased.gov/public/userfiles/Public_School_Accountability/Equity_Assistance/School_Choice_Application_2015.pdf
 
The only issue is whether or not the adults in charge, who claim they want everyone in traditional public education, will buck the status quo politics and create the capacity to meet immediate overwhelming demand.  Over John Walker's and former LRSD board members' strenuous objections, parents made Pinnacle View Middle School happen. If there's a rematch, we're betting on the parents. 

P.S. When the Intervenors' attorney can't even spell "Schoool" correctly, you know he's in a hurry.


Text of filing below. Actual filing attached.

 
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS

WESTERN DIVISION

LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT PLAINTIFF

 v. 4:82cv866DPM

PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL

SCHOOOL (SIC) DISTRICT, ET AL. DEFENDANT

 MRS. LORENE JOSHUA, ET AL. INTERVENORS

 Intervenors' Motion to Defer Hearing on Facilities

to a Date After November 1, 2018
 
The Court has indicated that it will make further visits to PCSSD schools –College Station, Fuller, Harris and Sylvan Hills. Intervenors counsel suggest that the hearing set for Monday, September 24, 2018 be deferred and reset subsequent to the Court’s visits to said schools.

Further, on information and belief, it appears that the PCSSD and LRSD are engaged In discussion regarding obligations and possible repurposing the Robinson schools and the Pinnacle View school in the LRSD.

Joshua submits that judicial economy would be best served by rescheduling the hearing.

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ John W. Walker

 John W. Walker

JOHN W. WALKER, P.A.

1723 Broadway

Little Rock, Arkansas 72206

501-374-3758

501-374-4187 (facsimile)

Email: johnwalkeratty@aol.com

 

Robert Pressman

Austin Porter

 

Certificate of Service

 

I do hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing Motion has been filed utilizing the CM/ECF system wherein a copy will be automatically served upon all counsel of record on this 18th day of September, 2017.

 

/s/ John W. Walker
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #169 on: January 04, 2019, 09:46:04 am »

I don't understand why they all thought this was a great settlement in 2017 but Walker is still suing LRSD?

https://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2017/09/11/lrsds-superintendent-says-settlement-of-walker-case-beneficial-to-all-touts-district-progress

LRSD's superintendent says settlement of Walker case 'beneficial to all,' touts district progress
Posted By Benjamin Hardy on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 4:32 PM
 
SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCED: LRSD Superintendent Michael Poore (center) with Deputy Supt. Marvin Burton (center left), CFO Kelsey Bailey (center right) and attorneys for the district. -

Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore made official this afternoon the news that broke on Saturday: The district has reached a settlement with a group of African-American plaintiffs represented by civil rights attorney Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock) who alleged the LRSD continued to provide inequitable school facilities and academic programs to black students.

U.S. District Judge Price Marshall, who was to preside over the trial set to begin on Wednesday, gave his stamp of approval to the settlement today as well. His order said simply, "The Court congratulates the parties on their settlement and grants the joint motion to dismiss."

Flanked by district officials and attorneys for the LRSD, Poore spoke positively of the agreement. "The judge in this case asked us to work in earnest with the plaintiffs, with the opposing attorneys, to try to create a settlement that is beneficial to all, and I think that's exactly what happened in this case," Poore said. He said the settlement was just one of several positive developments in the LRSD, pointing to "very solid results" on the ACT Aspire — the state's standardized test for grades 3-10 — and singling out improved scores on the writing portion of that test across every grade level. He also cited a 0.4 point improvement in ACT scores in a year in which the statewide average ACT composite score dropped by 0.8 points.

"This is a district that's on the rise," Poore said.

Several terms included in the settlement concern the facilities at three majority African-American campuses — Henderson and Cloverdale middle schools and McClellan High School — and Poore said the district would pay for those facilities improvements with a portion of the $90 million that will be raised from the impending sale of second-lien bonds. Voters this spring rejected Poore's attempt to enact a more ambitious $160 million capital improvement project by means of extending the life of the district's bonded debt. After the millage extension vote failed, the district decided to instead utilize second-lien bonds — a method of refinancing which does not require voter approval. The district should receive confirmation this week of the bond refinancing deal, Poore said.

Of that $90 million, an estimated $55 million will be used to build a new high school in Southwest Little Rock which will replace McClellan and also absorb J.A. Fair High School. Poore said the groundbreaking on the campus will occur on October 2nd, "and we can't wait to dig dirt to start our new school in the southwest." (He also noted that a study commissioned in 2014 — long before he was superintendent — indicated the district's total facilities needs would cost some $300 million.)

The settlement requires the district to "implement a moratorium on new construction projects, including school expansions" until the new high school is built and Cloverdale is replaced. Cloverdale is expected to move into the old McClellan building. Poore said today that the moratorium won't affect the district's ongoing construction to expand its new West Little Rock middle school, Pinnacle View, to include 8th grade next school year. (The school currently houses grades 6 and 7.) Poore also acknowledged the district does not yet have a means of remodeling McClellan to house the new Cloverdale, but noted that that project couldn't begin until 2020 anyway. "We ... have a number of years to get there ... and at that time we will hopefully have a financial solution to move forward," he said.

The other major piece of the settlement concerns adjustments to the attendance zone boundaries of the district's high schools. Poore said that's a natural outgrowth of building a new high school which will absorb the student bodies of McClellan and Fair: "As you condense and put two schools into one, you obviously have to do that." He also noted that some 300 students from southwest Little Rock, which is home to a large Latino population, are currently bused across town to Hall High, which houses the district's Newcomer Center for English-language learners in high school. Upon completion of the new campus in 2020, "those students will go back into the southwest and no longer have to ride buses for 30 and 45 minutes at a time," he said. (Deputy Superintendent Marvin Burton said later that the Newcomer Center should remain intact at Hall, with a satellite program to be implemented at the future high school.)

Poore said of the boundary adjustments, "we'll look at it as a whole school district ... I've lived through boundary adjustments, and they're not an easy thing to do, especially on the high school level." He said that the district will "make it a community process" but acknowledged that "there will probably be some people who won't like whatever boundary adjustment we come forward with."

Asked specifically whether the district's attendance zone for Central High School will shift, Poore said that "it'll be included in the whole package of looking at it ... [but] I don't anticipate having major adjustments to the Central boundary." He also said there was no plan to redraw middle school attendance zone boundaries at this time.

The superintendent said the LRSD's academic gains came despite the budget reductions as a result of a loss of state desegregation payments. "It says so much about what our people are committed to ... and also what our community is committed to," he said. However, it's too soon to tell whether any of the three schools that remain on the "academic distress" list — which prompted the state to take over the LRSD in 2015 — might be moved off of that list, as it's derived from three years worth of testing data. Because the state recently shifted from one standardized test (the PARCC exam) to the ACT Aspire, establishing a benchmark for academic distress the state Education Department to formulate a metric to compare the two disparate exams. Poore said the metric should be available before the end of the calendar year, or soon after.

Here's a sheet distributed by the district showing the breakdown of planned capital improvement projects:

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And here's the settlement itself:

PDF
Doe_v._LRSD_Settlement_Language.pdf


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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #170 on: January 04, 2019, 09:55:31 am »

Pretty sure Walker's crew sued Jax/PCCSD for some more fees, asking for about $350k, Jax's attorneys said they were due about $14k. Walker did lower their bill a little, but a federal Judge will decide fees, and the rest of the mess.
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #171 on: January 04, 2019, 10:16:29 am »

Pretty sure Walker's crew sued Jax/PCCSD for some more fees, asking for about $350k, Jax's attorneys said they were due about $14k. Walker did lower their bill a little, but a federal Judge will decide fees, and the rest of the mess.

350K is a lot of new computers or technology for teaching.

Hmmmmm

-I have a hard time accepting that the Feds got out without making their expected impact. 
-I assume that the schools have been equalized but maybe not to the standards of some.  Is this a legit problem or is it a function of, "perfect is the enemy of Good"?
-The feds stopped funding this in 2014 so I assume the LRSD has been paying all of the legal bills that Walker has been creating?
-There was a settlement in 2017 yet Walker is still suing the district?

Those of us that have time should email the board and Supt on one of the posts above.  Those that can should go on to DTS and Bo's show to bring visibility to this issue.  Our Capitol city needs us and we need our Capitol city to be stronger.  Not just for the Hog Athletic programs.


Mike.Poore@lrsd.org 
Lupita.Chavarria@lrsd.org 
LaShannon.Spencer@lrsd.org
Melanie.Fox@lrsd.org
Jeff.Wood@lrsd.org
Anthony.Hampton@lrsd.org
Michael.Mason@lrsd.org
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #172 on: January 04, 2019, 10:34:34 am »

The LRSD has heard from people about this but they stubbornly resist any changes.   I like many have NO idea why they are so stubborn when school staff have told them the low participation levels are causing crime and gang growth.

John Walker started the death march of LR Schools but the School Board hammered the nails in the coffin when they fired Dr. Roy Brooks. Brooks saw the financial realities and the overlap of jobs within the district, came up with a plan to streamline and cut fat to put more money into teaching/students and the outcry from the School District was loud. The Board told Brooks to change his plan and he refused so the fired him. A few years later the District was forced to make the very cuts they fired Brooks over.

Stupid and shortsighted decision making just continue to dog LR.

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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #173 on: January 04, 2019, 11:12:55 am »

John Walker started the death march of LR Schools but the School Board hammered the nails in the coffin when they fired Dr. Roy Brooks. Brooks saw the financial realities and the overlap of jobs within the district, came up with a plan to streamline and cut fat to put more money into teaching/students and the outcry from the School District was loud. The Board told Brooks to change his plan and he refused so the fired him. A few years later the District was forced to make the very cuts they fired Brooks over.

Stupid and shortsighted decision making just continue to dog LR.

The former HOG sports stars, UofA grads in power positions in LR, and the Fords, Dillards, Stephens, etc. need to start a project to get the public engaged in this issue.

I would think the new Mayor of LR would care about this issue. 

Mayor Frank Scott Jr.
Office of the Mayor
500 West Markham Street, Room 203
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 371-4510
Fax: (501) 371-4498
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #174 on: January 04, 2019, 11:59:03 am »

The former HOG sports stars, UofA grads in power positions in LR, and the Fords, Dillards, Stephens, etc. need to start a project to get the public engaged in this issue.

I would think the new Mayor of LR would care about this issue. 

Mayor Frank Scott Jr.
Office of the Mayor
500 West Markham Street, Room 203
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 371-4510
Fax: (501) 371-4498
mayor@littlerock.gov

They are all in with the Waltons to privatize public schools in LR using Charter Schools, it's nothing but a money grab.

I predict Frank Scott will be a colossal failure. I got into it with him over the I30 Bridge Expansion which he supports and I oppose. When other cities around the country are ripping out such structures and building the type of roadways that attract companies like Amazon LR is going to go ahead and make the same mistake those cities made years ago, learned from and are now rectifying.

Shortsighted as usual.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeway_removal

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« Reply #175 on: January 04, 2019, 12:24:54 pm »

They are all in with the Waltons to privatize public schools in LR using Charter Schools, it's nothing but a money grab.

I predict Frank Scott will be a colossal failure. I got into it with him over the I30 Bridge Expansion which he supports and I oppose. When other cities around the country are ripping out such structures and building the type of roadways that attract companies like Amazon LR is going to go ahead and make the same mistake those cities made years ago, learned from and are now rectifying.

Shortsighted as usual.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeway_removal

Are they trying to privatize as a means to block Walker's own money grab?  I don't think he can sue a private school on the current premise.
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #176 on: January 04, 2019, 12:30:46 pm »

Are they trying to privatize as a means to block Walker's own money grab?  I don't think he can sue a private school on the current premise.

No, in their minds everything should be a profit making venture. And at this point the damage is done by Walker and the "Unnamed Families" who were part of the lawsuit. They are all millionaires now and LR public schools are decimated.
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« Reply #177 on: January 04, 2019, 12:47:14 pm »

No, in their minds everything should be a profit making venture. And at this point the damage is done by Walker and the "Unnamed Families" who were part of the lawsuit. They are all millionaires now and LR public schools are decimated.

Oh lord this is bad for our whole State when our Capitol city is such a mess.  I wish we could quantify the social impact of 100 or 1,000 kids choosing the streets instead of band, choir, math club, drama, or athletics.   Crime and Drugs is a bad choice for the whole community.  I would speculate that the social impact is exponentially more costly than the legal fees that made the lawyers wealthy.
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« Reply #178 on: January 04, 2019, 12:50:37 pm »

Oh lord this is bad for our whole State when our Capitol city is such a mess.  I wish we could quantify the social impact of 100 or 1,000 kids choosing the streets instead of band, choir, math club, drama, or athletics.   Crime and Drugs is a bad choice for the whole community.  I would speculate that the social impact is exponentially more costly than the legal fees that made the lawyers wealthy.

Most schools have cut out band and choir and underfund the rest because there are those that believe those things don't matter and that only Readin', Writin' n 'Rithmatic are important, which could not be further from the truth.

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« Reply #179 on: January 04, 2019, 01:05:58 pm »

Most schools have cut out band and choir and underfund the rest because there are those that believe those things don't matter and that only Readin', Writin' n 'Rithmatic are important, which could not be further from the truth.

I call BS.. show us some proof of that. 
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« Reply #180 on: January 04, 2019, 01:14:34 pm »

I call BS.. show us some proof of that.

Go do your own research. My nephew who went to Henderson on a band scholarship, graduated near the top of his class wanted nothing more than to be a band director and  teach music to kids. He was unable to find a job because so many schools had gotten rid of or cutting back their programs.

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« Reply #181 on: January 04, 2019, 01:22:25 pm »

Go do your own research. My nephew who went to Henderson on a band scholarship, graduated near the top of his class wanted nothing more than to be a band director and  teach music to kids. He was unable to find a job because so many schools had gotten rid of or cutting back their programs.

HA! My son did the same thing at the UofA, my son got his masters and had many offers from school districts, he decided to follow the money and still teach.   
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« Reply #182 on: January 04, 2019, 01:33:36 pm »

HA! My son did the same thing at the UofA, my son got his masters and had many offers from school districts, he decided to follow the money and still teach.   

Well good for your son. That doesn't change the fact and it is a fact that music programs are being cut.

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« Reply #183 on: January 04, 2019, 01:39:25 pm »

Well good for your son. That doesn't change the fact and it is a fact that music probrams are being cut.
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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #184 on: January 04, 2019, 01:48:08 pm »

I think Tulsa is where the majority of football talent is in Oklahoma.  There is no reason in the world that we shouldn't be able to recruit Tulsa, Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis.  I can't remember if we ever got a player out of Kansas City, but the competition up there is really only Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri and maybe Nebraska.  Even less competition in St. Louis and the only competition in Memphis is Memphis, Ole Miss and Tennessee.  If we only got 1 player out of each of those places that is 4 players plus whatever is available in Arkansas from year to year and then Texas.  That is a pretty good foundation but, outside of Tulsa, I don't see that we really make much of an attempt to recruit those areas.  And we could probably get one player from Missississipi and Louisiana and a transfer every year.  And that is not even counting Florida, which we do pretty good at and evidently we do invest some time and energy in Georgia and Alabama plus adding a couple of jr college players every year so, yes, I think it is possible for Arkansas to be competetive again, but it won't be easy and you have to take advantage of every resource at your disposal.

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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #185 on: January 04, 2019, 02:17:39 pm »

Most schools have cut out band and choir and underfund the rest because there are those that believe those things don't matter and that only Readin', Writin' n 'Rithmatic are important, which could not be further from the truth.

It is gratifying to see some of us looking beyond athletics as a concern.  The LRSD is so large that it could make a big impact on Academic and Athletic talent pouring into our further education institutions.  We could see numerous FB players from LR Metro schools from the 70s to 90s, but we have lost that infusion of 5-10 players per year from LR schools.

Replacing a pipeline of 5-10 players is a big issue for our program.

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« Reply #186 on: January 04, 2019, 02:24:49 pm »

I think Tulsa is where the majority of football talent is in Oklahoma.  There is no reason in the world that we shouldn't be able to recruit Tulsa, Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis.  I can't remember if we ever got a player out of Kansas City, but the competition up there is really only Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri and maybe Nebraska.  Even less competition in St. Louis and the only competition in Memphis is Memphis, Ole Miss and Tennessee.  If we only got 1 player out of each of those places that is 4 players plus whatever is available in Arkansas from year to year and then Texas.  That is a pretty good foundation but, outside of Tulsa, I don't see that we really make much of an attempt to recruit those areas.  And we could probably get one player from Missississipi and Louisiana and a transfer every year.  And that is not even counting Florida, which we do pretty good at and evidently we do invest some time and energy in Georgia and Alabama plus adding a couple of jr college players every year so, yes, I think it is possible for Arkansas to be competetive again, but it won't be easy and you have to take advantage of every resource at your disposal.

We've gotten a few over the decades from KC with Tony Cherico being one of the best.  Iowa and other B1G programs recruit the area.  Michigan is getting one of the top players from there this year.  We've recruited there and St Louis.  Memphis is a cesspool with hands out.  Always has been.  Have to be careful recruiting there in football and basketball.  Most of the SEC recruits Memphis including Bama. 

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Re: Building Arkansas into a powerhouse
« Reply #187 on: January 04, 2019, 02:40:38 pm »

We've gotten a few over the decades from KC with Tony Cherico being one of the best.  Iowa and other B1G programs recruit the area.  Michigan is getting one of the top players from there this year.  We've recruited there and St Louis.  Memphis is a cesspool with hands out.  Always has been.  Have to be careful recruiting there in football and basketball.  Most of the SEC recruits Memphis including Bama.

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« Reply #188 on: January 04, 2019, 02:49:07 pm »

Albert Means says "Hey!"

Logan Young says "Hey" from the grave.
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« Reply #189 on: January 04, 2019, 03:46:51 pm »

Spot on. Tennessee had consecutive top ten recruiting classes (#7 in 2014, #4 in 2015) and Butch Jones didn't survive after the 2017 season.

Butch Jones is a clown, though. He said all kinds of stupid stuff and had weird motivational tactics like the trash can.

It's true that a coach can fail with good talent, but Morris is much more professional than Jones.
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« Reply #190 on: January 04, 2019, 03:57:21 pm »

Logan Young says "Hey" from the grave.

He was the proverbial "bagman" and from Arkansas.
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« Reply #191 on: January 04, 2019, 04:13:13 pm »

Logan Young says "Hey" from the grave.
RP, man, I had forgotten all about that one...Some sinister stuff, right there.
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« Reply #193 on: January 04, 2019, 08:46:01 pm »

I call BS.. show us some proof of that.

ESTEM public charter does not offer choir or band. They partner with a local church to give kids exposure to instruments and music.
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« Reply #194 on: January 04, 2019, 08:47:43 pm »

Educated people are complete idiots.

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« Reply #195 on: January 04, 2019, 08:51:09 pm »

ESTEM public charter does not offer choir or band. They partner with a local church to give kids exposure to instruments and music.

What??? This cannot possibly be true! 99toLife called BS.

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« Reply #196 on: January 04, 2019, 09:17:34 pm »

What??? This cannot possibly be true! 99toLife called BS.

/sarcasm

lol. Fact. I’ve been a parent of both the PCSSD and Charter school presence in LR. I’m fairly knowledgeable of the processes.
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« Reply #197 on: January 04, 2019, 09:43:36 pm »

lol. Fact. I’ve been a parent of both the PCSSD and Charter school presence in LR. I’m fairly knowledgeable of the processes.

Lolz...same here.
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« Reply #198 on: January 05, 2019, 09:05:35 am »

lol. Fact. I’ve been a parent of both the PCSSD and Charter school presence in LR. I’m fairly knowledgeable of the processes.

We have a serious problem with the schools.  Votech/Indusrial Arts have been reduced or negated completely so kids are not being exposed to the skilled trades as a career choice.  Social studies and Civics have been reduced a lot so now we have a ton of kids that don't know anything about our Government and Politics.   That makes stupid voters.   This thread has been mostly about Athletic talent creation but the benefit is that Athletics keeps these kids in school and makes them into better citizens.   Schools have to be viewed as more of strategic tool of the community instead of a necessary evil.

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« Reply #199 on: January 05, 2019, 09:12:48 am »

ESTEM public charter does not offer choir or band. They partner with a local church to give kids exposure to instruments and music.

Do you view these public, or even private charter schools in the same vein as regular school district, or even area wide private school?
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