During a hearing Wednesday, the State Board of Education voted to immediately remove the Little Rock School District Board of Directors, place the district under state authority, and appoint Dr. Dexter Suggs as interim superintendent of the nearly 25,000 student district. The move comes in the wake of a series of meetings between the district and the State Board of Education regarding six LRSD schools labeled as "academically distressed."
Following the meeting, Dr. Suggs issued a brief statement assuring parents and students that the focus would remain the same - that all children receive a quality education. "We will continue to put children first, continue to move with a sense of urgency and continue to engage all sectors of the community. It will take all of us working together to transform the Little Rock School District," he said.
Additionally, the State Board of Education issued this statement:
"The State Board of Education and the Arkansas Department of Education want to assure students, parents, and employees of the Little Rock School District that the district mission of providing educational opportunity for students will continue with district operations as scheduled. Buses will run, classes will be in session, lunch will be served, and the needs of the students will be met. The fundamental change in regard to the action taken by the State Board of Education is that the governance and the administration of the district will now be the responsibility of the Department of Education."
"We have a great deal of responsibility and there will be no excuses. Failure will not be an option," Dr. Suggs added.
Dr. Suggs will hold a follow-up news conference Thursday morning. We will provide additional information on the lrsd.org website and Facebook page.