The Little Rock Nine, the Lost Year and today's LEARNS Act in Arkansas : Code Switch Classrooms in Arkansas were at the center of school desegregation in the 1950s. Now, with the LEARNS Act, they're in the spotlight again. Code Switch comes to you live from Little Rock, Arkansas this week to unpack the latest education bill and how it echoes themes from decades past.

What Arkansas' LEARNS Act has to do with race

What Arkansas' LEARNS Act has to do with race

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Code Switch is live on stage in Little Rock, Ark. (right). They interviewed Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton (left) about what it was like to go to school during desegregation efforts in the 1950s and 60s. Dr. Sibyl Jordan Hampton, Little Rock Public Radio hide caption

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Code Switch is live on stage in Little Rock, Ark. (right). They interviewed Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton (left) about what it was like to go to school during desegregation efforts in the 1950s and 60s.

Dr. Sibyl Jordan Hampton, Little Rock Public Radio

Classrooms in Arkansas were at the center of school desegregation in the 1950s. Now, with the LEARNS Act, Arkansas schools are in the spotlight again. In this week's episode, Code Switch comes to you live from Little Rock, Arkansas to unpack the latest education bill and how it echoes themes from decades past.

Hosts B.A. Parker, Gene Demby and Lori Lizarraga breakdown the LEARNS Act and what it means for Arkansas students — from pay raises for teachers to the limits on teaching about African American history and gender identity, to a new school voucher program. Then, Parker and Gene sit down with Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton, who was part of The Lost Year in 1958-59, when Little Rock schools were shut down in an effort to block desegregation. And it wouldn't be a Code Switch live show without some poetry: Central High School student Jakira Franklin shares her poem about what she wants to learn in school.

This episode was engineered by Josh Newell and Josephine Nyounai.

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