For 150 years, our union has fought for students, and as long as children are being educated in our state, that will not change. The same monied interests that pushed the state to take over Little Rock schools and wrote the segregation plan are actively at work to undermine Little Rock’s public schools and remove the voice of educators in how students are educated.
In the coming days, you’ll hear more from us about our next steps as a union. We’ll be having conversations with you and your colleagues, and planning out where this fight for our students goes next. We want to personally ask you to be involved in this planning and also discuss with your colleagues and union leadership what your needs are and where we should go from here.
There is no stronger voice for students than the voice of educators, and we will not allow our voices to be silenced.
What we believe:
– A locally elected school board is the best way to ensure that all students receive the best possible public education and that their needs and interests are well served.
– LREA has a record of standing up for students for more than 65-years. #OneLRSD supports returning bargaining authority to LREA so it can continue to stand for Little Rock students and the community.
– All students deserve well-resourced public schools. #OneLRSD supports implementing community schools with support services like nutritious meal programs, health care, and after school programs for those students who need these services.
– #OneLRSD supports a wage increase for bus drivers, cafeteria workers, instructional aides, and other public school support staff to ensure they are best equipped to make decisions to ensure students’ safety, well-being, and academic success.
ArkTimes: The Second Little Rock Crisis
ArkTimes: The Betrayal of the Little Rock School District
AP: Plan for Little Rock schools stokes fears about segregation
US NEWS: Community Leaders Fight Plan for Little Rock Schools
KATV: Group fears return of segregation under state’s LRSD plan
NPQ: State Proposal Would Create Two-Tiered Public School System
WaPo: Schools Retreat to 1957?
The Atlantic: Little Rock Still Fighting School Integration
ArkTimes: Thousands attend vigil to protest state’s plan
CNN: The Resegreation of Little Rock Schools
The Governor’s Mansion Protest:
Fox 16 – ArkTimes – KARK – KATV – THV11
Student’s walk out – ArkTimes – THV11
Potential strike news – ABC News – WaPo – ArkTimes
– In Little Rock, State Proposal Would Create Two-Tiered Public School System
– Arkansas Teacher of the Year: LRSD proposal is wrong, unjust.
– US News & World Report: New Battle Over School Segregation Roils Little Rock
– AP: Plan for Little Rock schools stokes fears about segregation
– Arkansas Democrat Gazette: From mess to mess
– Arkansas Democrat Gazette: A better way forward