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Concerns of Deaf Community Being Heard

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LITTLE ROCK -

A legislative committee meeting over a controversial hire wasn't enough to satisfy people upset over a recent state hire by Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. 

A meeting between State Workforce Director Bill Walker and prominent members of Arkansas' deaf community is taking place.  Many are concerned about the hiring of a sign language interpreter by the state. 

The new hire lacks national certification...or any other certification...and other candidates with such qualifications were passed over.  Now the tuition is being paid for the chosen candidate to take a sign language course at U.A.L.R. 

Click the links below to get caught up on the story:

June 27 - ARS Hire Under Fire

July 10 - Cherry Picking Seems Possible

July 17 - State Hire Questioned at Hearing

July 18 - Quick Enrollment After Comments