by Max Brantley
A newsletter just arrived with a report on the 2013 class of Arkansas Commitment, a Little Rock program that works with bright area African-American students and points them toward demanding colleges and, it is hoped, return to further diversity the city's business and professional leadership as adults.
I can't present them all here, just the first page of the group, but they are 28 students heading to top colleges in Arkansas and across the country, from Santa Clara to Yale. They include Natonal Merit and Gates scholars. Yes, in the first page of the newsletter I reproduced above that's our Arkansas Times Academic All-star cover subject, eStem's Leonard Cooper, who's taking his Jeopardy-winning brain to Brown University.
All is not lost in Arkansas schools.