The state Education Department has released a batch of information related to the ongoing talks about the future of the Little Rock School District, including results from a poorly designed survey on the district.
You can see the survey results here. About 600 people responded. Bottom line: Respondents want control of their schools back and they are not much inclined to blame the teachers union for schools with low test scores. A school board appointed by the state (see results at top)? 80 percent said no.
Other questions including similarly strong findings about electing a school board at a special election (FOR) and about having a state-appointed school board until an election (AGAINST). Respondents also tended to think the Little Rock Education Association had had a positive effect on education.
The link includes hundreds of pages of individual responses to open-ended questions. People spoke sharply. There’s no science to this survey, of course, which was conducted online.
This link takes you to the state Department of Education’s compilation of background, survey responses and videos of meetings.
Here’s the legal argument the state has cooked up to continue state control of the district, an argument Sen. Will Bond challenged yesterday and which has also been challenged by others.