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Arkansas Public Policy Panel

Investing in Public School Students in Ark. Carries Benefits for All

Investing in Public School Students in Ark. Carries Benefits for All

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A young professional family told me recently they are thinking of leaving Arkansas because the state isn’t committed to education and opportunities for their kids. Another parent of a child with special needs told me she’s frustrated her school can’t afford the help her child needs to get her reading up […]

Election 2016: It’s About Families and the Drive for Solutions

Election 2016: It’s About Families and the Drive for Solutions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Are you sick of the election yet? One thing that seems certain is that our politics remain as hyperpartisan and dysfunctional as ever. I may be naive, but I think Arkansas has an opportunity to help lead the country back toward pragmatic progress on the issues that will make our families […]

How Coalition Building in Arkansas Is Boosting Social Justice

How Coalition Building in Arkansas Is Boosting Social Justice

In 1993, a group of Arkansas grassroots, religious and labor leaders gathered to form a strategy how they could more effectively move positive reforms through our often resistant state Legislature. The leaders were frustrated that big business interests worked together to win favors and block reforms, while community and worker interests were isolated and often defeated. […]

Too Small to Fail

Too Small to Fail

Long bus rides, boarded-up schools and withering small towns: This is the legacy of school consolidation in Arkansas, rural residents say. More than half a century after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, virtually every state in the nation continues to struggle with how to fund […]

A Path Forward for Little Rock Schools? It’s Engagement

A Path Forward for Little Rock Schools? It’s Engagement

I hate it. I hate that the Arkansas Board of Education on Jan. 28 took control of the Little Rock School District (LRSD). I hate that the board ignored the broad-based community support for LRSD, including the incredibly-powerful voices of student leaders. I hate that the takeover will overshadow the great schools, educators and programs […]