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The Future of Little Rock's Public Schools

University Task Force on the Little Rock School District

Joel E. Anderson, Chair
David L. Briscoe
Gary D. Chamberlin
Priscilla Nellum Davis
W. Dent Gitchel
Jim Lynch
Angela Maynard Sewall
Andy Terry
Dianne D. Wood

University of Arkansas at Little Rock 1997


Contents

Cover Letter from Charles Hathaway
List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

1. Overview of Study
  Profiles of Success: Sandra Denise Bruce Nichols, M.D.

PART TWO: FOUNDATIONS

2. Essential History
3. Enrollment Trends
4. Community Capacity to Support Public Education
  Profiles of Success: William Hansen Maack

PART THREE: COMMUNITY OPINION

5. Similarities and Differences in African-American and White Opinion
6. Education Dreams and Nightmares of Bill White and Ray Black
  Profiles of Success: Woodrow L. Crockett

PART FOUR: ISSUES

7. Overwhelming Complexity
8. Student Achievement
9. Finance and Budget
10. Safety and Discipline
11. Character Education
12. School District Boundaries
  Analysis: Litigation is Expensive

PART FIVE: SHAPING THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS

13. Pathway into the Future: Priority Issues for School Officials
14. Pathway into the Future: Community Decisions
15. Epilogue
  Profiles of Success: Irene Gaston Samuel

Appendices

A. Maps of Pulaski County Showing the Three Public School Districts
B. Map of Little Rock School District and List of Schools
C. Glossary of School Categories and Desegregation Litigation Participation
D. Governance Questions
E. Survey Findings
F. Survey Methodology
G. Task Force Biographical Profiles


Comments about this report are welcomed. Please respond to: jeanderson@ualr.edu

Dr. Joel E. Anderson, Vice-Chancellor and Provost
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204-1099
(501) 569-3204