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'failing Little Rock schools'

City directors raise questions about Little Rock school closures

KTHV has a report on Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore's appearance Tuesday night before the Little Rock City Board of Directors to talk about recent school closure decisions and a coming vote on a half-billion in new taxes for the state-controlled district.
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Charter school assault continues on the Little Rock School District

Sen. Joyce Elliott and citizen activists are raising the alarm about legislation that gives charter schools and charter school operators first call on leasing vacant school buildings.
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Poore, on short notice during work day, to talk about Little Rock school closings

Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore has announced he will "share plans" this afternoon  to discuss facilities and budget — meaning which schools he'll recommend for closing and where the budget will be cut. Advocates for voter control of the school district aren't happy.

Another voice rises against school duplication in Pulaski County

Add Jerry Guess, superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District, to the voice of Baker Kurrus, outgoing Little Rock superintendent, in questioning the wisdom of creating duplicate school systems in Pulaski County in the form of ever-expanding charter schools.
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Mike Poore: Not ready to comment on latest charter school expansion in Little Rock. PS: Looks like fix is in.

Mike Poore, the incoming Little Rock school superintendent, isn't ready to express an opinion on the latest charter school expansion in Little Rock. The deal looks pre-baked. Work has already begun on the school despite lack of state Board of Education approval.

Johnny Key fast-tracks LR charter school expansion in Walton-helped enterprise

The Hutchinson administration continues to press for speedy charter school expansions in the Little Rock School District, despite the current superintendent's belief that they are harmful to the state-run district. The latest one has financial support from the Walton fortune in the background, as usual when it comes to charter schools.
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Sizing up Mike Poore: The LRSD's incoming boss talks charters, academics, facilities and more

The new Little Rock superintendent spoke with us last week about his plans for school turnaround, "career centers" and much more.

Kurrus: 'You can't unring a bell' on superintendent firing decision

Kurrus made it clear that he won't be actively fighting Education Commissioner Johnny Key's decision, but said he's open to playing a role in the district — as long as he approves of the direction Key is steering the LRSD.
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LRSD advisory group calls for replacing Education Commissioner Johnny Key

The Civic Advisory Committee of the Little Rock School District tonight approved a motion calling for the replacement of Education Commissioner Johnny Key, a halt to charter school expansions in the city and waivers to state education law, and a return of the district to local control.

New superintendent Poore in town, meets with Kurrus

A chat with Mike Poore, the new Little Rock school superintendent, produced answers to a few questions I wanted to ask. We hope to talk more tomorrow.
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Questions for Michael Poore

Michael Poore, the future Little Rock school superintendent, has been dodging the press, with the exception of one chat with the friendly Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The list of questions to be answered is long.

Did the rally for Little Rock schools matter? It did, and here's why.

Four reasons to stay angry and stay engaged on the issue of Baker Kurrus' firing as LRSD superintendent.
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