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It's Monday. Report. My final thoughts:

* CHARTER SCHOOLS: My hero Jonathan Kozol writes about the segregative effects of charter schools, a movement the state has gladly supported in Pulaski County despite its historic role in segregating Little Rock schools. And here's an even-handed but good analysis of how dropouts of marginal students and lack of replacements are factors to consider in evaluating even the few high-performance charter schools. PS — In an earlier school thread on merit pay, I urge a look back to Jake da Snake's utter demolition of a troll.

* SMART ALEC: Here's a handy website where you can match up Koch-financed cookie cutter bills from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), with the versions taken home by ALEC tools like Sen. Missy Irvin and Rep. Linda Collins-Smith and Sen. Michael Lamoureux for introduction in the Arkansas General Assembly.

* STATE HOSPITAL OK: The state announced today it had reached the expected agreement on continuing Medicare coverage at the State Hospital, where a series of inspections had found shortcomings in care.

* HATEFUL CRIMES: The U.S. attorney in Little Rock today announced two guilty pleas by men charged with violating housing rights law for burning a cross in front of the apartment of a black man in Salado in August 2010. A third man has also been indicted for building a cross that they covered in gasoline-soaked clothes and set afire on a TV satellite dish.

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