The end of school districts

The end of school districts

There are 14 comments on the Arkansas Times story from Jan 17, 2013, titled The end of school districts. In it, Arkansas Times reports that:

Sen. Johnny Key , who's sponsor of legislation to effectively remove any barriers to student transfers among school districts, posted this Twitter this morning.

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#1 Jan 17, 2013
Sen. Johnny Key, who's sponsor of legislation to effectively remove any barriers to student transfers among school districts, posted this Twitter this morning. Wittingly, or unwittingly, it zings right to the heart of the matter:

Kids should not be bound to attend a school b/c of arbitrary, imaginary lines that create a "district"

This is the one-school-district theory of education. It is defensible in the Arkansas Constitution, which makes the state ultimately responsible for a sufficient and equal education for all students in Arkansas. It IS the logical conclusion of a system in which a parent can claim an educational advantage to moving a white kid from El Dorado to Parkers Chapel or Norphlet and both the losing and gaining district have little constructive means — except arbitrariness — to stop it...
Fred G

Mountain Pine, AR

#2 Jan 17, 2013
roboblogger2 wrote:
Sen. Johnny Key, who's sponsor of legislation to effectively remove any barriers to student transfers among school districts, posted this Twitter this morning. Wittingly, or unwittingly, it zings right to the heart of the matter:
Kids should not be bound to attend a school b/c of arbitrary, imaginary lines that create a "district"
This is the one-school-district theory of education. It is defensible in the Arkansas Constitution, which makes the state ultimately responsible for a sufficient and equal education for all students in Arkansas. It IS the logical conclusion of a system in which a parent can claim an educational advantage to moving a white kid from El Dorado to Parkers Chapel or Norphlet and both the losing and gaining district have little constructive means — except arbitrariness — to stop it...
Johnny Key forgot there was one problem with that: Arkansas is still under federal orders regarding desegregation. Any changes in districts or consolidation have to be reviewed by a federal judge. This plan would be shot down because it would lead to resegregation. The state would spend millions defending it in court. And then the state would have to increase spending and taxes dramatically to make up for the loss of local property taxes. It would also lead to the end of local control by school districts, such as it is. To make matters even more complicated, how would they then decide which schools close in case of severe weather like last week -- would they all close at once or just a couple at a time?

Typical conservative douchebags don't have a clue what they are doing in government.
law

Elk Grove Village, IL

#3 Friday Jul 29
The law is now in place and has been upheld. Parents change your kids school all you want.
Why not

United States

#4 Friday Jul 29
law wrote:
The law is now in place and has been upheld. Parents change your kids school all you want.
How new? I was told by a school board that if I were to purchase a house outside of El Dorado school district that I would be at the mercy of the new school district to release my child so they could continue at the El Dorado school district. I wasn't willing to buy a house and hope they release my kids.

Since: Jun 09

El Dorado, AR

#5 Friday Jul 29
El Dorado School District opted out of the Arkansas School choice program.

The following school districts provided the Arkansas Department of Education with notice that the school districts have conflicts with the Public School Choice Act of 2015 due to active desegregation orders or active court-approved desegregation plans. Click on the name of the school district to review the documentation provided by each school district.

Hot Springs School District
Fountain Lake School District
Jessieville School District
Lakeside School District
Mountain Pine School District
Lake Hamilton School District
Camden Fairview School District
El Dorado School District
Hope School District
Pulaski County Special School District
Junction City School District
Lafayette County School District
Cutter Morning Star School District
Dollarway School District
Texarkana School District
Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District

http://www.arkansased.gov/public/userfiles/Pu...
appeal

Elk Grove Village, IL

#6 Friday Jul 29
You must appeal to the ark board of education to invoke your rights. Successful appeals have already been in the news. They want fools to read that list above and cave in. The law is there for you to invoke not passively give up on.
New Family in Town

Irving, TX

#8 Wednesday Aug 10
I am the mother of a family that moved to El Dorado at the end of last school year. We are fortunate enough that we can live where we choose. We toured Parkers Chapel and El Dorado school districts because that is where we found houses that we liked. I was impressed with both but much more so with the El Dorado School District. I was amazed at how much they offer, how nice the teachers and principals were and how nice the schools are. We have 3 children, one in elementary, middle school and high school. I was disappointed that when I talked to Parkers Chapel they did a lot of bashing of the other schools in the county and talked about how "white" they are. I was almost embarrassed for them and how they presented their self. On the other hand the El Dorado Schools did not talk bad about any other districts and did an outstanding job highlighting all they have. We moved here from a large Texas school and didn't think we would find as good an opportunity for our children but we were wrong and have been very pleased. I am sure all the other district are capable also but we are very happy with our children in El Dorado.
negative

Miami, FL

#10 Tuesday Aug 16
Yes but we've had a negative population growth here for decades. That tells you something.

Since: Jun 09

El Dorado, AR

#12 Wednesday Aug 17
negative wrote:
Yes but we've had a negative population growth here for decades. That tells you something.
Yes it does but nothing about the schools.
Blue pride

Cordova, TN

#13 Wednesday Aug 17
Everyone knows that parkers chapel's school ( ranked number 11 best high schools in arkansas)student body is 88% white.
Also the standardized test results show that the students at p.c. are receiving prime instructions from very qualified teachers. Go ahead and google it.
54% of students are in a.p. classes,
Abc1234

United States

#14 Thursday Aug 18
Blue pride wrote:
Everyone knows that parkers chapel's school ( ranked number 11 best high schools in arkansas)student body is 88% white.
Also the standardized test results show that the students at p.c. are receiving prime instructions from very qualified teachers. Go ahead and google it.
54% of students are in a.p. classes,
But you forgot the best statistic!! 100% snoopy and 96% racist
Abc1234

United States

#15 Thursday Aug 18
Abc1234 wrote:
<quoted text>But you forgot the best statistic!! 100% snoopy and 96% racist
SNOODY* as got a stick up their asses and think their shit don't stink and think they are rich when they really are just in debt middle class wannabes
Blue pride

Cabot, AR

#16 Thursday Aug 18
SNOODY* as got a stick up their asses and think their shit don't stink and think they are rich when they really are just in debt middle class wannabes

Land owners in and around p.c. keep rent high and land expensive so you thug wannabe welfare infested color'd folks cant move in.
dumby

United States

#17 Friday Aug 19
Blue pride wrote:
SNOODY* as got a stick up their asses and think their shit don't stink and think they are rich when they really are just in debt middle class wannabes

Land owners in and around p.c. keep rent high and land expensive so you thug wannabe welfare infested color'd folks cant move in.
Oh please, there is so much white trash in PC y'all are just another Smackover. Get over yourselves.

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