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Community Leaders Fight Plan for Little Rock Schools

Educators and community activists in Little Rock are mobilizing to push Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the State Board of Education to reconsider a plan for the city’s public schools that they say will establish separate governing structures for majority white schools and majority black schools.

The organizing group, Grassroots Arkansas, is urging residents, educators, parents and community members across the state to call and email Hutchinson’s office and tweet at him. They also plan to picket Monday evening on a bridge that crosses Interstate 630, the dividing line between majority black schools located south of the highway and majority white schools north of the highway.

On Tuesday they’re launching a social media campaign in which educators and parents will post online short videos about what Little Rock schools mean to them. On Wednesday they’re holding a candlelight vigil.