Reclaim Our Little Rock Public Schools, a grassroots effort to return an elected school board to the Little Rock School District, will hold “A Wake for Democracy” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in front of district school offices on Markham Street.
The date marks the first anniversary of the last Little Rock school election.
The School Board was dissolved Jan. 28 when the state Board of Education voted to take over the district, but keep Dexter Suggs as interim superintendent. Suggs later was forced to resign over thesis plagiarism allegations that ultimately led to Indiana Wesleyan University stripping Suggs of his doctorate in education. Baker Kurrus, a Little Rock businessman and former School Board member, is now the superintendent and acting under the direction of state Education Commissioner Johnny Key.
The coalition says the state still doesn’t have a plan for student achievement in the six distressed schools — among 40 — that were the official reason for the takeover. The coalition was “a return to democracy, a voice for the community in school policy, equity in school resources and a focus on meeting the educational needs of the district’s majority low-to moderate-income student population.”