Kenneth A. Davis

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Kenneth A. Davis
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Candidate, Zone 2 Little Rock School District Board of Education
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 17, 2013
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Kenneth A. Davis was a candidate for the Zone 2 position on the Little Rock School District Board of Education. He was opposed by Charlie C.E. McAdoo and the election takes place on September 17, 2013.

Biography

Kenneth A. Davis was a candidate for the Zone 2 position on the Little Rock School board. He has previously served as President of the Booker Arts Magnet School. He is the father of three sons, two of whom are enrolled in Booker Arts Magnet School.[1]

Elections

2013

Little Rock School District Board of Directors Zone 2, September 17, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie C.E. McAdoo 82.9% 383
     Nonpartisan Kenneth A. Davis 17.1% 79
Total Votes 462
Source: Pulaski County Election Commission These results are unofficial.

Endorsements

Kenneth A. Davis has not received any official endorsements for his campaign as of yet.

Funding

As of September 18, 2013, Davis has not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.[2]

Campaign themes

2013

Davis campaigned on a platform supporting increased academic support for teachers, minimizing administrative oversight, and closing the achievement gap between schools.[3]

For far too long, there has been excessive oversight at the administrative level and not enough support at the academic level. Teachers have not been given the resources and materials to fully do their jobs. A teacher should not have to spend out of his/her own pocket for materials for their classroom. They should have adequate budget to provide what is necessary or what they deem necessary towards the learning process. Additionally they should have the flexibility to utilize their natural talents and skills and work with other teachers in their curriculums, thereby ensuring collaboration and communication which ultimately helps the child develop more.


Additionally, the achievement gap MUST be closed. If you look at the US News and World Report 2013 list of Top Ranked Arkansas Schools, all but one of the top 10 schools in Arkansas was under or at less than 50% total economically disadvantaged students. The average percentage of economically disadvantaged students at these schools was 39%. In comparison, the Little Rock School District’s High Schools averaged 70%. We can’t CLOSE the achievement gap until we address the shear disparity between in the basic needs allocated to the top performing students, and the lowest performing students. A more level playing field must be achieved.

What was at stake?

On September 17, 2013, Three seats were at stake on the Little Rock School District School Board. Incumbent Zone 4 member and Vice President Greg Adams is unopposed.

Issues

Arming employees

In early 2013, the Little Rock School District School Board addressed the issue of hiring armed security guards at district buildings. School board Vice President Greg Adams, urged further consideration of the issue. "“It concerns me that if we focus on something that is so unusual and so rare that we may take our eyes off of other areas,” he said, adding that students are more likely to die from suicide or drowning than from a school shooting."[4] The Arkansas Attorney General condemned the practice of arming teachers in order to improve school safety.[5]

About the district

Location

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Little Rock School District is located in central Arkansas in Pulaski County. It is the county seat and capital of the state of Arkansas and is the largest city in the state of Arkansas. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 193,524 residents.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Fort Smith (%) Arkansas (%)
White 48.9 80.0
Black or African American 42.3 15.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.9
Asian 2.7 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.3
Two or More Races 1.7 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 6.8

Demographics

Little Rock outperforms the rest of Arkansas when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Little Rock was $44,392 compared to $40,149 for the state of Arkansas. 38.2% of Little Rock residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 19.6% in Arkansas. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Little Rock was 17.8%% compared to 18.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 89.2% of Little Rock residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 82.7% in Arkansas.[8]

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