Mayor Frank Scott Jr. will announce at 11 a.m. today his pick to be the city’s first chief education officer.
He/she (I’m confident it’s a he and well-known) will work on the mayor’s plan to develop “community schools.” This is the concept of adding services in neighborhood schools with lagging test scores. This could include more pre-school, literacy, after-school, and job training efforts.
The city has no direct responsibility for schools, but Scott has acknowledged the city’s past lack of involvement and the need for more. He’s devoted $500,000 to the effort this year, a token against what’s necessary.
The hope is that some private foundation money will augment the effort. The state, currently in control of the Little Rock School District, the primary focus of the effort though the city includes territory in the Pulaski County School District, has also endorsed the concept. Whether it will make an investment in it isn’t known.