Back before Christmas, we alerted you to a breaking story about a bullying lawsuit now under way in Jefferson County’s Crosby Middle school. One of the state’s most successful and talented lawyers, Teddy Gordon, and three other lawyers filed this suit on behalf of a number of families and their children, alleging serious problems went unchecked at Crosby.
This suit particularly caught my attention because Crosby Middle school is located far from the inner-city, low-income area of Jefferson County. In fact, Crosby is about the most Easterly situated middle school in the district, located in an area of above average incomes. Crosby has notably above district average white student enrollment and well below average poverty rates according to data in Crosby’s 2015-16 Kentucky School Report Card.
Given these advantages, Crosby seems a somewhat surprising place to find serious problems.
So, I got curious and decided to look at how Crosby performed in the 2015-16 KPREP reading and math testing.
I got a surprise when I did that. It turns out that in both reading and math, black students in Crosby scored notably lower than black students in several West End Jefferson County schools, which are located in a far less prosperous section of this enormous school district.