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Kurrus: Open to role in district, but need to know where Little Rock schools headed

By Cynthia Howell

This article was published May 3, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

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Rep. Charles Armstrong (bottom left), D-Little Rock, asks a question of Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus (standing right) during a public hearing held by Little Rock area legislators at the state Capitol on Monday to address contention over Kurrus’ impending departure from the district. Legislators seated from left are Rep. James Sorvillo, R-Little Rock; Sen. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock; Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock; and Rep. Clarke Tucker, D-Little Rock.


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Baker Kurrus, who is being replaced as Little Rock School District superintendent when his contract expires June 30, said Monday that he would like to continue to work with the district in a nonpaying role -- but only if he can support the district's guiding policies.


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BrightBulb says... May 3, 2016 at 8:02 a.m.

So the hillbilly incompetent lackey, Johnny Key, chickened out. Key is a useless unqualified hack of the Asa/Walton cabal who stands today as a coward afraid to respond to citizens of Little Rock.

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RamblinRazorWreck says... May 3, 2016 at 8:33 a.m.

Again, Bentonville High School was rated by US News & World Report as the #2 school in Arkansas for college preparedness of students. (#1 was Haas Charter School in Fayetteville.) So, why is that never mentioned in any of these articles? The data was printed in THIS paper the same week that the Poore hire was announced!
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And then we have so many that denounce Key as unqualified, yet will back Kurrus without even showing any interest in how much more qualified Poore is than Kurrus. Don't get me wrong, I like Kurrus too. But so many are making this all about politics, when I truly believe Key was looking at Poore as a long-term leader. Kurrus did a great job of getting the ball out of the rough, and then Key found someone with impeccable qualifications who is willing to take the ball and move it towards the goal. BTW, Key's job is obviously a political appointment, while the Superintendent's job should be mostly Academic (as well as mildly political - well I guess in LR it is extremely political - huh? The people have made it so, at the same time they are whining about it being political!)

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syzito says... May 3, 2016 at 8:59 a.m.

Where is the LR School District headed ? Where it's been for the past 40 years,turning out brain washed politically correct kids that aren't prepared for advanced studies or for reality beyond a school door. They know nothing of history,except the washed version that lacks any form of truth or facts. The dumbing down of the population continues by way of the public federally run school systems.

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Jackabbott says... May 3, 2016 at 9:31 a.m.

The Little Rock public schools are the worst in the state and that means probably the worst in the USA and last among 3rd world countries too. They have been driven into the ground by the federal judges and social activists who gained fame and monetary rewards from this debacle. No one person is going to reform or rebuild the schools in a year or two, the damage is just too deep and severe. Sometimes it is better to let the rot completely decay before starting over again. Throwing more money in addition to the millions that the federal judges sucked out of the state is not the answer, because it winds up in the hands of activists who fuel more discord. Let it simmer in its owns stench until a natural ground up re-birth can take place. In the meantime for the few people who do care about the education can send their children to some really great private schools in Little Rock.

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RP57 says... May 3, 2016 at 10:55 a.m.

The Bentonville School District is in no way comparable to LRSD.

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PopulistMom says... May 3, 2016 at 11:17 a.m.

Several of you have made very cogent remarks. Bentonville High is 12% hispanic and 3% black. While it may be ranked #2 in Arkansas, it is only ranked #837 in the nation. It is very easy to get decent board scores when you have a bunch of rich kids from stable homes whose parents are tutoring the kids or are paying for tutors on the side. If Bentonville High were located in Maryland, it would only rank #30 in the state and it would be behind a few schools with very large populations of blacks and hispanics. Take Eleanor Roosevelt for example which is 59% black and 14% hispanic and yet at #763 ranks above Bentonville. While it remains to be seen whether Poore has the experience in Colorado to help in the LRSD, the numbers from Bentonville are very uninspiring. Citizen Engineer's statement that Poore is "more qualified" that Kurrus is questionable. Kurrus is pretty dang smart (though I will agree that not everybody who went to Harvard has common sense), but Kurrus seems smart and was knowledgeable about the problems in the LRSD. The one person I do know is clueless is Johnny Key, whose main attributes from Asa's perspective seems to be that he is a white male from northwest Arkansas. I am disappointed in Asa. I thought that he was smarter than this.

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RamblinRazorWreck says... May 3, 2016 at 11:32 a.m.

Johnny Key is NOT from NW Arkansas. He grew up in a poor, mostly African-American town in south Arkansas. And if you were selecting a candidate for the job of LRSD Super and you had the Poore & Kurrus resume's on your desk, which would you put on the top of the list?
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I'm telling you, most folks are making this way too political. Even Brummett seems to be trying to say that!

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Delta123 says... May 3, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

Pop that wasn't a racist remark you made regarding Mr. Key was it? The man was born and raised in Arkadelphia and now resides in Mountain Home. Not exactly "northwest Arkansas" as you stated. Of course if you are trying to do a liberal smear job on a man you play the rich white man, NW Arkansas, Walmart Card. Right?

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RamblinRazorWreck says... May 3, 2016 at 1:51 p.m.

Actually Delta123, Key is from Gurdon. But, most GO-Devils would not be completely offended by someone saying they are from Arkadoo! :-)

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PopulistMom says... May 3, 2016 at 1:55 p.m.

Delta123,

He is originally from Gurdon, but he still is a white man with iffy credentials for any top education post. (I am on a feminist rant this week. I'm very disappointed in Maryland Democrats for putting together an all male field of candidates for high office, and the only blacks are from almost totally black congressional districts. Our nominee for Senate is Nancy Pelosi's little sidekick Chris Van Hollen; I would have preferred the more independent thinking Donna Edwards.) I would get more involved with Emily's List, but I am not a big fan of abortion. I get a little squeamish whenever anybody talks about the right to abort.

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