The Arkansas Judiciary Justice Building in Little Rock. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

5 years later, Arkansas sovereign immunity ruling looms over LEARNS litigation

BY: - June 7, 2023

In a decision almost five years ago, the Arkansas Supreme Court concluded that Arkansans could not sue their state government in “her own courts,” overturning two decades of precedent and sending Arkansas’ legal community into a frenzy. That decision, in The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas v. Matthew Andrews, is now inextricably […]

The State Board of Education held a public meeting at the Marvell-Elaine School District in Marvell Thursday morning, April 13, 2023. Stacy Smith, deputy commissioner with the Arkansas Department of Education, back to camera, presented various options available to the board concerning the disposition of the beleaguered school district. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

LEARNS lawsuit “aims to protect our school district”

BY: - May 31, 2023

My name is Laverne Sims, chair of the group Concerned Citizens of the Marvell Area. I am writing to dispel some of the rumors, misinformation and propaganda that our state leaders are spreading about our lawsuit against the state concerning the plan to sell our school district to a charter-school management company. I was a […]