by Max Brantley
I hear a New York Times reporter, Adam Nossiter, has been working on a story about the current Little Rock School District turmoil. Fifty years after the crisis and the community is still split along racial lines. It's a natural story line, as we've said and written before. It'll be interesting to see which side's spin prevails on such matters as test scores, allocation of resources, aptitude of the current superintendent and the importance of power shifting in the current controversy.
I think, too, he'll deal with the widely distributed piece by the Central High student body president, Brandon Love, who's raised the issue of parallel education tracks at the storied school -- an Advanced Placement track friendlier to white students and a more basic curriculum for black students -- as well as strained racial relationships in general. We have a story in the works on this as well.
The reporter is expected to sit in on the school board meeting Thursday night. No word yet on whether the board majority's bill of particulars on reasons for the proposed firing of Superintendent Roy Brooks will be discussed then or even made public. The Times story might appear next week.