- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The newly appointed leader of Arkansas’ largest school district has launched a weekly column to promote transparency following the resignation of his predecessor amid plagiarism allegations.

The Little Rock School District announced that Superintendent Baker Kurrus wants to speak directly to the community in an “unvarnished” column titled “Straight Talk.” In his first update, Kurrus says the district has a lot of organizational weaknesses that can be fixed.

The Arkansas Board of Education appointed the 66-year-old as head of the state-controlled district earlier this month. Kurrus previously served on the Little Rock School Board from 1998 to 2010. He also worked as a volunteer chairman of the district’s financial advisory group.

Former superintendent Dexter Suggs resigned last month after allegations he plagiarized sections of his 2009 doctoral dissertation.

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