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story.lead_photo.caption Luke Gordy, with Arkansans for Better Schools, Rich Nagel, AEA executive director, and Dan Marzoni look over SB54, the teacher merit pay bill, in the hall outside the committee room where it was being debated Wednesday. ( Steve Keesee)

Arkansas’ public education system ranks sixth in the nation with a grade of a low B — 81.4 percent — in the annual Quality Counts report, a national report card that tracks policy and performance in six broad categories in the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

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Arkansas, Pages 9 on 01/11/2011

Print Headline: Public schools in Arkansas garner low B

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  • conniecomeaux10042151
    January 11, 2011 at 8:09 a.m.

    I am not sure where you got the picture for this story. While Rich Nagel is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Education Association, Dan Marzoni is no longer the president. Donna Morey is the president and has been since July 2009.

  • sgtbob6606140841
    January 11, 2011 at 9:48 a.m.

    “In the sixth decade since its founding, EPE remains true to its mission: raising the level of understanding and discourse on critical issues in American education.” From the Editorial Projects in Education web site.

    Editorial Projects in Education produces Quality Counts. Among sponsors of EPE are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The latter “supports coverage of deeper learning and the federal economic-stimulus program in Education Week. The Hewlett Foundation makes grants to address the most serious social and environmental problems facing society,” according to EPE’s web site. Another sponsor, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, “supports Editorial Projects in Education’s in-depth coverage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and analysis for policymakers of the stimulus program’s implications for education. The foundation’s mission is to support efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society.”

    With two sponsors directly supporting the “federal economic-stimulus program” involvement in state education and local schools, draw your own conclusions on whether EPE is a non-partisan organization.

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