Indications are that there will be no broad job action today by Little Rock School District teachers, their professional association stripped of negotiating ability by the state of Arkansas and the profession generally demeaned and blamed in five years of unsuccessful state control of the school district.

Jim Ross, one of the School Board members removed from office in the state takeover almost five years ago, passes along a note, however, from some teachers at Central High School about a planned action they call “work to rule.” They will work, but only the required hours for which they are paid. Extra volunteer duty — standard practice for most teachers — may be short-changed. These include before- and after-school tutoring, club sponsorship, grading, recommendation letters and others. The teachers suggest that people in the community call the governor, education secretary and state board of education to tell them that teachers deserve recognition.


The note doesn’t say how many teachers are joining this effort.