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7 charter campuses proposed

5 seek 3,000 kids in Pulaski County

By Cynthia Howell

This article was originally published January 23, 2016 at 3:08 a.m. Updated January 23, 2016 at 3:08 a.m.

Existing open-enrollment charter school groups are planning to open as many as seven new campuses -- including five in the Little Rock School District over three years -- if their pending applications are approved by state officials in the coming weeks.

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awh says... January 23, 2016 at 8:03 a.m.

I grew up in the LRPS, the same era as Baker Kurrus, and have seen the public schools decline. It's no surprise that the private options keep going after our students and no surprise that many more are interested. We have made our own problems and excelled at that. I do have a different take now, though. We are ending all the desegregation payments and regaining control of our destiny, and it sure appears that Mr. Kurrus is trying to start fresh. Our public schools have been a black eye for several decades now. Everyone would benefit from vast improvement. I applaud his initiative of building new schools and would like to see that continue. Tax dollars are always a challenge but there should be many in our city who would like to see our public schools and our city's image improve. I would propose that Mr. Kurrus use the excellent contacts and insight that he has to seek private matching donations for our tax dollars and pour resources into our public schools and make them the envy of the private schools. That is a very tall order and possibly unobtainable. But we could turn this around if the courts will stay out of the way. Mr. Kurrus was an excellent attorney years ago (he was one of mine) and his business experience and contacts have vastly expanded his vision and personal capacity. Go for it, Baker. I would love to see this thing turn around.

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