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Arkansas Education Board OKs 5 new charter schools, including 3 in Little Rock

By Cynthia Howell

This article was published September 15, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore tells the state Board of Education on Thursday that a more thorough review was needed for three proposed new charter schools in Little Rock. Despite the call for more study by Poore and others, the board voted to accept the applications. At left is Daniel Davis, chief strategy officer for Einstein Charter Schools.

Alexandra Boyd (left), director of public charter schools for the Arkansas Department of Education, and Jennifer Davis, staff attorney for the departm...

Maps showing charter schools in Little Rock and Pine Bluff.



The Little Rock School District will be home to three new charter schools over the next two years, and Pine Bluff will see two new such schools as a result of state Board of Education action Thursday.

Alexandra Boyd (left), director of public charter schools for the Arkansas Department of Education, and Jennifer Davis, staff attorney for the departm...

Maps showing charter schools in Little Rock and Pine Bluff.



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WGT says... September 15, 2017 at 6:32 a.m.

And this is how public schools are phased out, paving the way for privitasation of education through charter schools supported by private entities. Good public schools, with good teachers and good administration are marginalized by concerted efforts of deserious profiteers wanting to capture funding provided by taxpayers.

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JakeTidmore says... September 15, 2017 at 9:28 a.m.

It's the old "Rob Peter to Pay Paul" story with these charters. Sad that so many folks are taken in by their game and propaganda.
I also think it's time to correct Gary Newton's false claims made in the paper yesterday about how poorly LRSD is performing. Superintendent Poore put things into perspective with the truth, something Newton is not familiar with:
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From ARTimes Blog article on this same subject:
Poore questioned the assertion — made by all the charter hopefuls — that the need for high-performing schools in Little Rock is going unfulfilled by the LRSD. He noted recent gains on the ACT Aspire, the state standardized test (every grade level improved on writing in that test). "It’s no fault of the charter entities in terms of their submissions, but they’re reviewing academic data that actually is from a year ago," Poore said. "Now, keep in mind we increased our academic performance in the middle of a three-year budget reduction. Keep in mind that we had to close schools and close programs, and all the turmoil of that. It says so much about our staff and the good work they are doing to move things forward."

He told the board later that he'd asked the UA's Office of Education Policy to examine academic growth among kids from lower-income households. "They looked at the set of results, last year's and this year's, and then looked at the free and reduced lunch population to see whether or not you would have what your growth was and what your expected growth should be," he explained. The researchers then ranked the state's 456 public elementary schools based on actual performance compared to expected performance, adjusted for household income. "Do you realize that we are one of three school districts that exceed growth when you look at free/reduced lunch with the previous test scores?" Poore asked. "We are one of three districts in the state ... in the middle of all the drama that we went through." He ticked off individual rankings for third grade for Zone 1 elementaries such as Rockefeller, Booker, Gibbs and Stephens, based on the OEP data; almost all were at or above the median.

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