🚨🚨🚨 Attention LRSD Community
This is it: the State Board of Education is holding four public meetings to discuss what should happen with Little Rock School District. That means we have a very short window to organize and make an impact.
The meeting times are
1) 6:30-8:00 p.m. Aug. 20 at Arkansas Baptist College;
2) 6:30-8:00 p.m. Aug. 26 at Roberts Elementary;
3) 6:30-8:00 p.m. Aug. 27 at St. Mark Baptist Church;
4) 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the state Education Department auditorium.
Put these dates on your calendar, and please, PLEASE show up.
We need you all to speak – tell the State Board that you want an immediate return to local control, but more importantly, tell them WHY we need our district back. Give specifics – is there something over the past four years that you would have taken to a school board, had we had one – a grievance, an idea, a request for help? Do you know people who have chosen not to move to Little Rock or have chosen private schools over LRSD because they perceive our district to be dysfunctional because it remains under state control? Do you know teachers who have left the district (maybe you are a teacher considering leaving)? Maybe you have seen your neighborhood schools closed or sold to charter schools. Maybe you’re disappointed and outraged by our district’s failure, under state control, to fully implement evidence-based reading instruction for all students. Or maybe you are a community member who would run for school board if we had one. Tell them that!
We also need every parent and stakeholder to make clear that we are invested in our district as a whole and we want ALL of our schools back. Chopping up our district isn’t an option – even if a proposed solution would return local control of the school or schools our own children attend, we must show up and fight like hell to make sure we get ALL our LRSD schools back. They can’t rely on the assumption that LRSD parents only care about our own kids and our own schools; we care about our entire district and our entire community.
So please, make this a priority. Show up. SPEAK UP. And fight for our schools!