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Not all the Christmas decorations are stowed away, and the “Happy 2012!” banners still wave, but in the North Little Rock School District the focus is turning to Valentine’s Day.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 01/03/2012

Print Headline: NLR schools hope tax is in voters’ hearts Feb. 14

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  • tappace05250844
    January 3, 2012 at 9:32 a.m.

    No one likes new taxes folks, but the NLRSD and this committee have done a wonderful job of providing specific details as to how our money will be spent. I am 100% behind this effort and proud to count myself among its supporters.

  • TheBatt
    January 3, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.

    People reall don't like new taxes, but particularly when many are struggling financially as it is. And while many of the projects slated to be funded with this millage may be legitimate, for those of us who know about school funding, budgeting, and general finance- these "needs" didn't develop overnight. The three districts within Pulaski County are at the top of the list in school funding. Yet despite the massive per-student funding, money has been misspent or simply poorly prioritized. There is not room in this reply area to itemize the poor decisions that have been made, the costs over the years of appeasing the teacher's union, and the ongoing costs of the past-it's-usefulness desegregation mandates... Takpayers already get a poor value for their tax dollars. So now we are staring at a relatively large tax increase that will provide more funds to further squander.

    Lots of "wonderful" things to be done with additional funds, but absolutely no reconciliation of how the district got in the position it is in.

  • Reason
    January 3, 2012 at 11:02 a.m.

    If you don't want higher taxes than you better get rid of the GOP in Washington because the GOP plan is to cut the federal by pushing everything onto the states.

  • tappace05250844
    January 3, 2012 at 12:03 p.m.

    TB, what is your solution sir, continue to penalize our children for these past misdeeds? We haven't built a school in NLR in over 40 years and you can cite every reason you'd like to give us for NOT supporting first class schools, but I'll not be swayed. I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this matter.

  • argentanut
    January 3, 2012 at 1:14 p.m.

    The NLR District has spent years penny pinching, patching 40-100 yr old buildings, raising teacher salaries, working to get out of deseg and all the while the kids and education have suffered because the buildings are 40 plus yrs out of date with little or no tech and in some cases barely enough electricity and air. Way past time to vote yes on February 14th

  • NoUserName
    January 3, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.

    My high school was built in 1891. Sure, it has been remodeled and all since that time. And there were newer building built to accommodate the increase in students, but a 40 year old building is not the reason kids can't get an education.

  • argentanut
    January 3, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.

    Does your school have to serve 3000 students? Does it meet the current classroom size requirements by the AR Dept. of Ed. (AED)? Does it meed the current AED light and air requirements? Does is meet the school security needs of an inner city school in 2011? Is it equipped for the technolgy of today AND tomorrow? If the answer to any of these is yes, your kids are not getting what they need and deserve and the AED can come in and take over your entire school district because of facilities distress

  • TheBatt
    January 3, 2012 at 1:56 p.m.

    @Reason: The GOP as the reason for higher taxes? Think again. The reason the GOP is trying to cut spending is because Democrats have been writing checks they can't cover for far too long (and yes, the GOP hasn't exactly been too reliable about even TRYING to stop it until recently - but that is another debate). Local education is NOT the responsibility of the Federal Government. Period (just as it is not the Fed's responsibility to pay for my health care - unless I am a veteran - or for my retirement years)

    @TShoes: My solution or plan? Why do I need one? But here you go - how about reigning in the misspending that is still going on? How about focusing on actually teaching students the information and skills as students they need -not social/political indoctrination. How about cutting the fat in the staffing (staring with administration positions that are redundant and/or simply unnecessary).

    Penalizing children for misdeeds? You mean like NOT TEACHING? This highly-vaunted test scores that all schools are suppose to raise each and every year - again, with the higher per-pupil spending in the district, shouldn't that be reflected in better test scores than the lower-funded schools outside this district? Sure should -but its not.

    @argentanut: Old buildings keep kids from learning? Yeah, right. So how come some of us had no issues learning in school buildings without A/C? And apparently, those increased teacher salaries have done nothing to improve the education the kids need and deserve, nor do the high-paid administrators who fail in one position, so get shuffled to another, and another... all while still getting raise after raise.

    Folks - at what point do we learn the old bit of wisdom - actually, the definition of insanity? "Doing the same thing and expecting different results". The model in Arkansas to "improve student learning" has been to throw truckloads of money at education. And what have the $millions bought? Aging buildings, high-paid teachers and administrators, and students who are not seeing any tangible improvement.

  • GAITOR
    January 3, 2012 at 3:58 p.m.

    You go TB!!

  • Reason
    January 3, 2012 at 4:46 p.m.

    theBatt: The democrats had the budget balanced. We had 8 years of GOP spending and democrats are still writing checks to pay for that spending plus the GOP walked away from a democrat $3 trillion budget cut.

    The GOP plan cost shifts from the federal to the states onto the backs of the workers.

    The truth is that you do not have a plan.... You have an attitude.

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