Department of Education meeting set for Friday to discuss local control of LRSD


((KEVIN)) WE ARE LEARNING TONIGHT THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS SCHEDULED A MEETING TOMORROW MORNING. THE TOPICáááá THE LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT AND STATE CONTROL. LáRáSáD SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL POORE SHARED SEVERAL THINGS TONIGHT THAT THE STATE BOARD AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HAVE TO CONSIDER IF LOCAL CONTROL WERE GIVEN BACK. ONE IS BY LAW áá A SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION CANNOT BE HELD UNTIL NOVEMBER 20áá20. POORE SAYS IT IS POSSIBLE FOR LOCAL CONTROL TO BE GIVEN BACK BUT THERE STILL NEEDS BE SOME KIND OF STATE CONTROL. HE NOTES THE STATE BOARD COULD ALLOW A SPECIAL ELECTION, BUT THE LáRáSáD WOULD HAVE TO FOOT THE BILL. THERE IS ANOTHER IDEA…BUT IT MAY TAKE SOME WORK. “It is also possible that the State Board could appoint the board and that was discussed at this meeting. Probably everybody out in the audience as soon as I said appoint the State Board, and anyone who has paid attention, that’s probably the last thing that community members have suggested but it is possible.” ((KEVIN)) POORE SAYS THERE IS A POSSIBLITY IN 20á20 áá A LOCAL BOARD COULD BE PUT IN PLACE BUT WOULD HAVE LIMITED AUTHORITY…ADDING THOSE ARE ALL THINGS THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE WORKED OUT.

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