Sunday School class beginning Sunday, October 2 at 9:50 a.m. in the Great Hall: We all have something to gain when our children are well-educated and valued. Our community is safer, our per capita income is higher, and the general quality of life is enhanced. Good schools perpetuate a cycle of opportunity and prosperity. The recent upheavals in public education in Little Rock have led many to question whether we will truly invest in creating equal opportunities for all children, especially those from poor or minority neighborhoods. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long championed the idea that every child should have the opportunity to succeed. Under the leadership of several of the most significant voices on public education in our area, this class will seek to help build bridges, challenge assumptions, deepen understanding and promote inclusion.
October 2, 2016
Presbyterians and Public Education: Why We Care – Steve Hancock
State Takeover of the LRSD: School Board President Perspectives – Greg Adams
October 9, 2016
Little Rock Area Stakeholder Group and Personal Perspectives as an African-American LRSD alumnus, supporter and volunteer – Antwan Phillips
Perceptions from an LRSD Parent – Patty Bates Abraham
October 16, 2016
The Role of Charter Schools in Public Education in Little Rock – John Bacon
October 23, 2016
What I Learned about the Strengths and Challenges of the LRSD as Superintendent For a Year – Baker Kurrus
October 30, 2016
The Future of the Little Rock School District – Michael Poore
About the speakers:
- Steve Hancock is Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Little Rock.
- Greg Adams served as the Little Rock School District Board President 2010-2015.
- Antwan Phillips is President of the Public Education Foundation of Little Rock.
- Patty Bates-Abraham is a 15 year public school parent and leader.
- John Bacon is Chief Executive Officer of eStem Charter Schools.
- Baker Kurrus served as LRSD Superintendent, 2015-2016.
- Michael Poore is the current LRSD Superintendent.