TAKE ACTION: New Opportunities to #StandUP4LR and AR Public Education

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Dear Friend,

Wow, are you watching the movement to improve education ignite in Little Rock?  First we had 600 people rally at the Arkansas Capitol on Saturday. (https://t.e2ma.net/click/2p1bo/68243d/2pljnd) Yesterday we followed up with 150 students, faith leaders, parents, educators and community leaders rallying in front of the Arkansas Department of Education to continue our demands for:

Return to local control of our schools with an elected school board.

Freeze expansion of charters or granting of waivers until we have control in a locally elected school board.

Reverse the decision to fire Mr. Kurrus for doing his job and make a sensible transition plan that includes community input if they want to replace Mr. Kurrus.

Specific plans to improve educational outcomes at each Little Rock school.

A process to engage and unite our whole community in a positive direction forward for Arkansas. 

Here is a Channel 4 story on yesterday's rally (https://t.e2ma.net/click/2p1bo/68243d/iimjnd)and here is the story in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette (https://t.e2ma.net/click/2p1bo/68243d/yanjnd).  Our Executive Director has an op-ed in this weeks Arkansas Times (https://t.e2ma.net/click/2p1bo/68243d/e3njnd) calling the process Commissioner Key is using rigged and incompetent, and calling on the Governor to step in and fix the mess his administration has made.

STAY INVOLVED!

State officials are hoping this uprising will die down. We have to show them we won't back down and our movement to #StandUp4LR and #StandUp4PublicEducation is GROWING, not getting smaller!  Here's how you can keep making a difference:

Call Governor Hutchinson -- 501-682-2345 or send him an email at governor.arkansas.gov/contact-info/ (https://t.e2ma.net/click/2p1bo/68243d/uvojnd)

TONIGHT - THURSDAY, April 28th, 5pm, The Little Rock School District Civic Advisory Council is holding a meeting at Terry Elementary, 10800 Mara Lynn Rd.  The firing of Mr. Kurrus and the State's plans for our schools and community is on the agenda to be discussed.

MONDAY - May 2, 4pm, the Arkansas Legislature will hold a hearing in the Old Supreme Court Room of the State Capitol on the firing of Mr. Kurrus and the State's plans for our schools and community.  Commissioner Key has been asked to testify and the public will be allowed to make comments.  The hearing is scheduled to go until 6pm

THURSDAY - May 5, 6pm there will be a Teach-In Town Hall on the future of Little Rock schools.  It is at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W 12th St.

Sign our petition if you haven't yet at: www.ARPanel.org (https://t.e2ma.net/click/2p1bo/68243d/aopjnd)

Stay tuned for more actions you can take to #StandUp4LR and #StandUp4PublicEducation. Other groups of residents are planning more actions across the city. The campaign is growing. 

Thank you!

(https://t.e2ma.net/click/2p1bo/68243d/qgqjnd)

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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