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Monopoly vs. choice

When our ‘leaders’ forget the past

This article was published May 17, 2016 at 2:50 a.m.

"Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth."

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JakeTidmore says... May 17, 2016 at 7:52 a.m.

My goodness, but the editorial writer is jabbering away in Educantist Doublespeak....nay, worse: lying.
When is it that a collaboration between parents, community, school board, administration, teachers, & teacher unions is a monopoly and being run by a single tsar from the state government a choice?? Swallow that lie and your throat will be sore for years!
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Care to explain why lots of Arkansas school districts have teacher unions and are quite successful yet you narrowly blame everything on teacher unions?
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Care to explain why you print an article that touts right off the bat that LRSD needs consistency in the leadership position and Mr Key throws Baker Kurrus out for someone whose success record is not nearly equal to Kurrus' mark??
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Care to explain why Key broke rules and pushed a very sub-standard charter school on LRSD?
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No....you don't really care. And that's the problem. You have your monopoly on the news and don't want us to have a choice. Your motto: Long live the Tsar!!

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Delta123 says... May 17, 2016 at 8:24 a.m.

Jake, I don't understand why you continue to read this rag, so full of lies and doublespeak. The ADG certainly has no monopoly on the news though. You always have the Arkansas Times.

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Bocepheus says... May 17, 2016 at 9:36 a.m.

Right on target with this editorial. On the specious Kurrus argument. With government granted monopolies like utilities, the regulatory framework assures some performance oversight. Would the ADEQ intervene if the Water Dept in Little Rock were poisoning its citizens? You bet they would.

So what happened? Prior to 2000, there were no open enrollment charter schools in Arkansas. The charter school law was amended circa 2000 to eliminate the teachers' union approval of their creation. Coincidentally, with Kurrus leading the way, the LRSD got a big property tax increase in 2000.

In 2016, charter schools are flourishing in Little Rock and the LRSD is in the state's hands.

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JakeTidmore says... May 17, 2016 at 10:23 a.m.

Thanks for the correction D123.
BTW, Bocephus - you are omitting lots of info about LRSD, charters, teacher unions. ADG editorial writers are guilty of this know-it-all attitude when they bloviate on this issue. Facts seem to be limited in scope or virtually non-existent.
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I've posted this before, but it still serves its purpose:
Perspective: Let's say that a 1000-page book represents the whole of education knowledge. An expert with years of study behind him/her knows about one page of that work with a sentence or two from a few other pages.
Now take a blank sheet of paper and put a small pencil dot on it. To be honest, I'd be bragging if I said that represented how much I know, but pretend that it's so. Take a good eraser and rub out that little dot. What faintly remains is what most people know. How much one truly understands is related to where one fits in this analogy.
It's why I'm leery of easy answers, glib answers, absolute answers, and especially answers unsupported by several pages of evidence.
We've heard opinions - let's hear the facts, instead. And not just an erased dot's worth.

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Bocepheus says... May 17, 2016 at 12:13 p.m.

Jake, an accusation of omitting the details of which the truth is composed is an accusation of lying. Obviously, I made no attempt to write a complete treatise on the subject in a comment section. Shame on you.

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Packman says... May 17, 2016 at 3:28 p.m.

"Here we are, more segregated than we were in the late 1970s and '80s." And whose fault is that, Ms. Elliott? Just like a lib to create a problem, blame it on somebody else, and run in to "solve" what you created in the first place.
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LRSD schools are more segregated now than 1980 because of failed liberal social engineering that sent white middle class residents fleeing to places like Cabot, Conway, Bryant, and Lonoke never to return. Joyce Elliott worships John Walker and thought Henry Woods the greatest federal judge ever. Walker and Woods and their allies like Joyce Elliott are rightfully credited with destroying the LRSD. And now Ms. Joyce says she knows how to fix what she broke to begin with. Nah, I don't think so.

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Slak says... May 17, 2016 at 5:20 p.m.

This is so true I will repeat it.
"LRSD schools are more segregated now than 1980 because of failed liberal social engineering that sent white middle class residents fleeing to places like Cabot, Conway, Bryant, and Lonoke never to return. Joyce Elliott worships John Walker and thought Henry Woods the greatest federal judge ever. Walker and Woods and their allies like Joyce Elliott are rightfully credited with destroying the LRSD. And now Ms. Joyce says she knows how to fix what she broke to begin with. Nah, I don't think so."

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mozarky2 says... May 18, 2016 at 1:59 p.m.

I speak from experience: I have 2 grandkids in charters and 1 in a private school, and I know several kids in public schools. My grandkids are blowing away the PS kids in every area of education, and they're a lot better behaved.
I cannot comprehend why some people feel public schools are sacrosanct. I would consider myself guilty of child abuse if I enrolled a kid in public school.
I mean, why send them to a substandard government indoctrination center when wonderful charters are there for the taking? I care deeply for my kids.

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