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    October 20, 2023

    Dept of Ed lowers disability standards for vouchers, lets private school families cut in line 

    The Arkansas Department of Education lowered disability standards for its EFA applications, allowing private school families to use LEARNS vouchers up to two years early.  Nearly half of all students…
    October 17, 2023

    Corruption, Racism, Murder: What you should know about Drew County

    What is going on in Drew County? If you’ve ever needed a story to prove why local elections matter, this is it. We’re hearing a lot about corruption, racism, and…
    CorruptionPower and ControlUncategorized
    September 30, 2023

    After Weeks of Smoke Surrounding #podiumgate, Whistleblower Signals Fire

    It looks like #podiumgate has turned into a full-fledged bonfire.  On Friday afternoon, the Arkansas Times reported that attorney Tom Mars (former attorney for Gov. Mike Huckabee, so hardly a…
    CorruptionPower and Control
    September 28, 2023

    Governor Sanders: frivolous or fraudulent? An audit would decide

    Sarah Sanders has some explaining to do. The essential question of #podiumgate is this: Did the governor use the expensive purchase of a custom lectern to toss tax dollars to…
    CorruptionNewsPower and Control
    September 21, 2023

    Podiumgate: Sanders wastes taxpayer money on opulent expenditures 

    Taxpayer oversight is key to preventing abuse of spending; it’s no wonder Sanders hates the Freedom of Information Act.  TL:DR;  Governor Sanders has a big problem with spending taxpayer dollars…
    September 11, 2023

    Infighting, coercion, and FOIA: Special session preview

    Governor Sanders has called a special session that will roll back FOIA laws in the state of Arkansas Opposition to the anti-transparency bill is growing fast, especially among notable conservatives…
    AR LegislaturePower and Control
    September 9, 2023

    Those crying “weaponization”? Bullies who brandish FOIA firearms.

    Senate President Bart Hester once weaponized FOIA to help control the Governor's narrative. Now he's gutting FOIA to help control her narrative again. Sanders and her Arleg loyalists claim the…
    AR LegislatureCorruptionPower and Control
    September 8, 2023

    RIP Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, 1967-2023

    Tl;dr  FOIA is an essential law that ensures government transparency.  After Blue Hog Report blogger Matt Campbell filed FOIA requests seeking information about Sarah Sanders’ travel companions and spending, Arkansas…
    September 7, 2023

    Public education’s next big threat

    Tl; dr PragerU is a media company that’s been pumping out extremist content for over a decade In the last month both Florida and Oklahoma have added PragerU to their…
    CorruptionPower and Control
    August 22, 2023

    AR Supremely Partisan Court

    The highest court in the state has joined the anti-democracy brigade! The Arkansas Supreme Court has officially failed its responsibilities to the citizens of Arkansas. Here’s what’s going on.  Created…
    August 12, 2023

    AP African American studies not recognized by AR Department of Education

    This guest post was written by Jim Ross, an associate professor of history at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Ross trains secondary education teachers and previously spent eight years…
    CorruptionEducationJusticePower and ControlUncategorized
    August 6, 2023

    Oliva brings culture of corruption to Arkansas Dept. of Ed

    In 2021 AR Secretary of Education Jacob Oliva was part of an investigation into a Florida education bid-rigging scandal. Oliva is named in a June subpoena from a federal grand…
    NewsPower and Control
    August 2, 2023

    Someone check on the Department of Education ’cause they’re not okay

    TL;DR The Department of Education’s purpose is to assist and  accredit schools, approve curriculum, license teachers, etc. After Sanders took office and hired Jacob Oliva, the ADE's messaging took a…
    July 26, 2023

    Sanders at Texas-Mexico border while Arkansas town without clean water for weeks

    The people of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas have been without clean water for four weeks. This morning their Governor is at the border of Texas and Mexico talking to Fox News.…
    AR LegislatureEducationPower and Control
    July 22, 2023

    Legislators enraged over public agriculture dollars moving to private entity

    Lawmakers had a bone to pick with Department of Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward in the June meeting of the Arkansas Legislative Council. Controversy ensued when Ward gave his report to…
    NewsPower and Control
    July 11, 2023

    Busted water, a billion dollars, and a broken state government 

    Helena-West Helena’s water crisis is the most recent example of how state government has failed Arkansans.  Weeks after Helena-West Helena’s dated water system failed, problems with the city’s supply persist.…
    Power and Control
    July 6, 2023

    Packing the Court with a Judge of One’s Own: A Sarah Sanders Story

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders has now had her first opportunity to appoint a judge to the Arkansas Supreme Court. To no one’s surprise, she placed a hyper-partisan GOP leader in this…
    EducationPower and Control
    July 4, 2023

    AG Griffin ignores Constitution to implement LEARNS

    Happy Independence Day! Our founders would be ashamed of the Attorney General's blatant disregard for the Constitution. Here's what's happening: Friday 6/30- Judge Herbert Wright (again) ruled the LEARNS emergency…
    EducationNewsPower and Control
    June 27, 2023

    LEARNS town hall signup sent to GOP, not public

    Despite gaslighting from the governor's office, LEARNS town halls are very much Republican, invite-only events. https://twitter.com/BlueHogReport/status/1673369594399014914 We've been saying it for a while now, but a leaked email from ARGOP…
    AR LegislatureEducationNews
    June 17, 2023

    Parents of kids with disabilities pay the price for LEARNS

    Parents of students with disabilities are paying the price of Sarah Sanders’ rushed LEARNS Act, according to sources close to a Little Rock school. Easterseals Academy at Riverdale serves students…
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