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An Introduction to Best Buddies Arkansas

In 2015, I was asked to serve on the State Advisory Board for Best Buddies Arkansas, the local affiliate to Best Buddies International. Founded by Anthony Shriver in 1989, Best Buddies International is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies does …

Goodbye to Arne Duncan

Late last week, Arne Duncan announced that he would resign as Education Secretary in December of this year. Duncan’s reign as Secretary has been anything but quiet, as he’s drawn significant criticism during his tenure for leading an active agenda for the Department of Education. In Duncan’s first year on the job, his department received …

Desegregation Case Close to Settlement

Last week, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced that a potential settlement in the decades-long Pulaski County school desegregation lawsuit has been reached. Pursuant to the 1989 settlement agreement, the State of Arkansas currently pays nearly $70 million annually to the Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County Special School Districts, in addition to …

The Attack on Common Core

I’m starting this post by declaring that I’m no educator and have never pretended to be. I have absolutely zero training in K-12 education. I did spend the last three years working in education policy matters in Governor Beebe’s administration, but not once during that three years did I pretend to him or anyone else …

The Future of Virtual Charter Schools

Virtual charter schools are controversial, no matter how you look at it. They’re controversial here in Arkansas and in every other state as well. Arkansas currently has only one virtual charter school, Arkansas Virtual Academy, which is affiliated with the Virginia-based, for-profit company, K12. For years, the school has operated under a student enrollment cap …

Legislative Update – All About Guns

This legislative session, so far at least, has been all about guns, abortions, and the great Medicaid debate. The legislature has already passed Act 67, the Church Protection Act, which allows churches to permit concealed handguns among their pews, and this of course has led to a number of liability questions that must now be addressed through …

Welcome

This is a blog dedicated to the numerous legal and policy issues in education facing school board members, administrators, educators, policymakers, and parents in Arkansas and nationwide. Here, I will discuss various court decisions, federal and state legislation, and current happenings that play a part in educating our children. My plan is for this blog …