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The LISA Academy charter school in west Little Rock cannot add elementary grades to its middle and high school program, the Arkansas Board of Education decided Monday.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 04/12/2011

Print Headline: Charter school’s expansion rejected

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  • nlrengineer
    April 12, 2011 at 7:22 a.m.

    government hates competition.

  • TheBatt
    April 12, 2011 at 7:43 a.m.

    Question- this decision was SUPPOSEDLY based on low achievement for minority students- then what is the proposed answer? No-one seems to want to actually dig into the root issue, which isn't ability or opportunity. It isn't "povery" as the educational eggheads have wanted to blame (though without a doubt hungry kids have bigger obstacles). The reality- the culture itself comes into play.

    Please don't misunderstand this old saying- but it is true for anyone: "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.". Charter schools are, at the root, an opportunity for a slightly different well. But those who choose to not take advantage still aren't going to achieve.

  • TheGoodGuy
    April 12, 2011 at 8:25 a.m.

    I'm kind of sick of seeing the "racial" aspect of the educational system being brought up every time something happens. As far as test scores go, it isn't that big of a deal if these charter or private schools don't have black or other minority students in them. The only thing that matters is if the entire student population scores well on their testing. You can't punish an entire school just because they have low enrollment levels of certain demographics.

    They don't seem overly concerned with the fact that the black MAJORITY that is the Little Rock school district does poorly in testing....at least not enough to shut down schools or do any real improvements in them education wise. Yes, the population of the Little Rock school district has shifted to where white kids are the MINORITY of the rest of the school population.

    They still do other things like focusing on desegregation of these schools and how to balance other silly things like that instead of focusing on getting the kids to actually learn! Seriously, after this long, how are you going to desegregate any further than what has already been done? They are running out of white kids to bus into all these schools. There are many schools with classes that have maybe 2 or 3 white kids in the class, but yet they aren't pushing to get that problem fixed.

    Nothing ever matters in the Little Rock school district unless you are black. This is becoming a very big matter of reverse-discrimination both in academics and population.

  • CarpeNoctis
    April 13, 2011 at 11:06 a.m.

    Charter schools are nothing but corporations who are taking our tax dollars and as shown above in the report, they do no better or worse than public schools. Why in the world would anyone approve of giving 20% off the top to some private equity firm, then give the dollars to the students?

    Culturally- blacks were very well known for the academic achievements, it is the dumbing down of schools where this shows. The only achievements allowed in the black community is drug dealers. Who can blame them? Why can they not commit crimes and make money just like the white people? Behind every great fortune is a great crime. The only reason anyone cares is because they are black and feeds into the stereotypes.

    Bottom line - charter schools are taking public money for privates hands.

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