Kentucky’s public education system continues to face a number of problems, but one of the most serious issues involves its chronic white-minus-black achievement gaps.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this.
In the early days following the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 (KERA), Kentuckians were told: “All children can learn at high levels.” There were to be no exceptions — not for race, not for poverty, not even for students with learning disabilities.
The idea that students with acknowledged learning disabilities could achieve at high levels expected for other students quickly lost credibility; the saying got changed to: “All children can learn, and most at high levels.” That provided an escape clause for the system to escape accountability for learning-disabled students. Still, our political and education leaders said that other kids — especially racial minorities — would perform a lot better.
That was the promise in 1990. It was never kept.
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