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Bill Kopsky

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 […]