Monday, May 08, 2006

Paron High Closed Down Despite Protests

A huge crowd of parents and children from rural communties like Elaine and Paron was jam-packed into the lobby of the Board of Education building to see how the board ruled on whether it will kill their schools or not. Protestors were holding signs like "Save Our Schools" and "If you want to save money, shut down your government buildings, not our schools" and "Do our elected officials drive two hours to work every day?"

The voice of the people was not heard. The board voted to close down Paron High anyway. Paron had higher test scores than Bryant, even though they spent less per pupil. Students who ride the bus will now endure three hours a day on the bus to go to Bryant. The only reason is was closed was that the state mandated that each high school campus offer a certain set of courses. No student at Paron wanted to take one of those courses. The educrats did not care, the standards said that each course had to be offered so if no one in the school wanted to take it then consolidate the school!

Who will be next?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The crowd was incredible and several of the African Americans present were holding signs criticizing Mike Beebe. It was actually quite shocking.

3:47 PM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is time for the people to rise up and vote in radical defenders of freedom.

4:04 PM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberal academic studies, as well as conservative studies like the Hoover Institute's Koret Study, show that closing schools in rural communties and african american communities creates greater obstacles for those children. It's outrageous to watch the Little Rock bureaucrats claims that they are shutting down schools and destroying communities because it's what's best for the kids. These hypocrites are paying for the lousy educational systems of larger school districts like Little Rock's by ripping off all of us living in rural Arkansas. This is about money, and don't let anybody fool you different.

6:02 PM, May 08, 2006  
Blogger kw's blog said...

Anybody got pictures? What will be done now?

6:04 PM, May 08, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

It is about power and control. It costs more money to centralize power, not less. The total salary for EVERY Superintendent in the state is $22 a year. They passed a bill that spent $107 million more (over 2 years) to raise salaries and hire more educrats at ADE to go around to the districts and tell them how to run their schools. Five times the amount spent on superintendents. It is not about saving money, but assuming control.

6:32 PM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No kidding. If this is supposed to be about "effeciency" why in the heck are we increasing the size of the Little Rock education bureacracy and actually spending MORE money, not less.

6:48 PM, May 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because it's not about effeciency. It's about centralization of control.

3:52 PM, May 09, 2006  
Blogger Harvey Edwards said...

From the goofy mind of one of the states more outspoken constitutionalists I offer a great solution. Study our State Constitution on initiatives and referendums the take action on it. Below is an excerpt. If you want a copy of our Constitution please stop by the capital or call or write me I have cases of them.

1. Amendment 7 of the Arkansas Constitution allows a process by which voters may propose
legislative measures, laws and amendments to the Constitution. Such petitions are referred to as
initiatives. Amendment 7 also reserves to the people the right to call for a vote to approve or reject
any act, any item of an appropriation bill or measure passed by the state legislature or local
government. These petitions are referred to as referenda.
To place a measure on the ballot it is necessary for a sponsor group to follow certain procedures.
An initiative petition may propose an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution or an Act. The
difference between the two types of laws is that an initiated act approved by the vote of the people
creates a statute and may be altered or repealed by the Arkansas legislature by a two-thirds vote.
An initiated amendment passed by the voters may only be changed by another vote of the people.
For an initiated act a petition must contain the signatures of qualified electors in the amount of eight
percent (8%) of the total numbers of votes cast for the office of governor in the last preceding
general election. For a constitutional amendment it is necessary for a petition to contain signatures
of qualified electors in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the total number of votes cast for the
office of governor of the last preceding general election. Every petition shall contain the full text of
measures so proposed. Initiative petitions for statewide measures shall be filed with the Secretary
of State not less than four (4) months before the election in which they are to be voted upon.
Initiated measures may only be voted upon in a general election.

7:27 PM, May 09, 2006  
Blogger Harvey Edwards said...

Bottom line to my last remarks. WE THE PEOPLE have the POWER. Use it or lose it.

7:29 PM, May 09, 2006  
Blogger Harvey Edwards said...

We all know that the Superintendents are the beneficiaries.
We all know that teachers that are worth their pay , arent getting it.
We all know that our Kids should never have to ride for hours while the fat cat superintendent drives his luxury car each day .
I for one want to see the students stay put in their communities while the Superintendents are either whittled down or made to ride a district principles and Supers school bus. Call it the little bus.
We can make laws that can be worded to get this and more of our basic rights respected.

7:35 PM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harvey it is not the Superintendents, it is the educrats in Little Rock that are to blame- along with socialist legislators posing as good 'ole boys.

The supers are hired by the communities and their salary is set by the communities. You have it upside down. They are adding over $50 million a year to consolidate schools whose supers make a total of less than five million a year. It is not about money, the central government wants the power.

1:24 PM, May 10, 2006  
Blogger Harvey Edwards said...

Thats not what the folks in the small towns are saying. If you can believe it, there are small towns where the highest paid person is the superintendent. This is because districts control wages more than localitys. If you want to know who is the most afraid of losing their position especially during redistricting and closures you should have been at the Capital when they were legislating this all last year. But then again I am making unfair assumptions since you might have been there too , my apologies. I get my dirt if you want to call it that from talking to friends relatives and anyone who will talk in the several towns I regularly visit. Most of these towns have under 1000 populations surrounded by farmland. I have seen good quality schools turned over to other schools and the folks there not having one thing to say about it. They ask as a community if they can start a town coop to educate the kids in their home towns and in their regular school building. They are denied since it is State property. Like I said before If the citizens dont use the power of petition they lose it. We are I believe on the same page about central government having the power.

6:17 PM, May 10, 2006  
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