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Big thoughts

And worth every minute

This article was published December 17, 2017 at 1:53 a.m.

One of the first things you might think while listening to these young(ish) people with Think Big Little Rock is: To heck with politics. The city needs more parents, tutors, teachers and coaches like these people. Turn these folks loose on the city and get out of their way. As the poet said, these young people are trying to change their world--and they're quite aware of what they're going through.

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drs01 says... December 17, 2017 at 9:11 a.m.

This report has no credibility. Thanks for saying as much without saying it directly.
Education is the key to economic growth. And this report is just window dressing to satisfy the "establishment".

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DoubleBlind says... December 17, 2017 at 1:06 p.m.

Everyone should go read the report available on ThinkBigLittleRockDOTcom. Great ideas but pie in the sky, if ifs and buts were candy and nuts musings without any indication re how to fund anything on the wish list. Funding is listed as a ‘challenge’ in almost every category. And nowhere does it say ‘stop electing job-killing MORONS,’ unfortunately.

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RBear says... December 17, 2017 at 1:32 p.m.

I went through the report and while I agree that it seems to window dress some items, it does provide a better vision for Little Rock than we'd had from current leadership. My concern is that it was done in a "vacuum." Yes, there were representatives from across the city, but for a plan to be truly adopted it needs to include the community in the process.
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I speak from experience on this. I was a part of the community that helped build the vision plan for San Antonio called SA 2020. That plan is now in action with more and more of the goals achieved. It was developed with measures and those are being met. That plan took several community forums all focused on distilling the thousands of ideas down to a complete vision for the city. I strongly encourage those involved in this plan to consider more community involvement than building it yourself. That just breeds more of the NIH syndrome.
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With regards to this column, this is more a soapbox to promote charters than anything else. It used the plan provided as the opener for a constant drumbeat this editorial board has taken to bash LRSD and promote charters. Maybe the plan should have gone further by embracing an all-inclusive view of education. But bashing it for not including charter schools just serves to keep the divisions kindled.

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mozarky2 says... December 17, 2017 at 1:39 p.m.

LRSD needs to be ripped out by the roots, even if it means 100% charterization. Ask parents what they want, and charters win out every time.
However, there will always be those refusing to respect a woman's right to choose-where to send her children to school, that is.

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