Stand Up for Little Rock and Public Education this SATURDAY.

In Little Rock, traditional public schools have been highjacked.

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Dear Friend,

Stand Up for Little Rock and Public Education this SATURDAY. ( ( Public education is under attack across Arkansas, as policymakers push to privatize our public schools while cutting funding and weakening standards.

In Little Rock, traditional public schools have been highjacked. Join us on the Capitol steps this Saturday (, and sign the petition to tell Education Commissioner Key to GIVE THEM BACK (

The Little Rock School District under Superintendent Baker Kurrus, is making remarkable progress to improve education for children across our city. We have hard challenges but we are working together as never before to tackle them. 

The sudden termination of Mr. Kurrus on April 16, throws Little Rock back into a spiral of uncertainty and undermines the hard work that has been done to date. This political move resurrects the very type of instability used to justify taking control of the district. A year into state administration, LRSD is back in chaos and uncertainty, and there still is no plan for our children or our schools. 

This action ruptures the trust of the people of Little Rock and shows we cannot expect the state to deal effectively and apolitically with our schools. It shows that we must seek a return of Little Rock schools to local, democratically elected school board. Our community deserves to have a voice in the governance of its school district and input into decisions that fundamentally affect our children, the economy and quality of life.

The very foundation and future of our community is at stake. Mr. Kurrus should be reinstated immediately and empowered to complete the job he was hired to perform. Little Rock schools must be returned to local control at the earliest opportunity. Until we have a comprehensive plan for education in our community, the state should place a moratorium on any decisions that impact LRSD. 

It is for the people of Little Rock, not the state education commissioner, to decide what the structure of their schools should be.

The Arkansas Public Policy Panel is a statewide organization dedicated to achieving social and economic justice by organizing citizen groups around the state, educating and supporting them to be more effective and powerful, and linking them with one another in coalitions and networks. The Panel seeks to bring balance to the public policy process in Arkansas.

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