Since Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday unleashed a Tsunami with his recent remarks that performance in Jefferson County’s lowest-performing schools amounted to “educational genocide,” uncomfortable facts about Louisville’s long-term, Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) are finally getting attention.
Sadly, the Jefferson County school board quickly started their all-to-familiar denial dance, trying to downplay the fact that we’ve already put up with a trail of tears of over 22 years of failed promises in these schools since KERA’s enactment way back in 1990. Included, as usual, in that denial dance is the often-heard charge that parents of students in the low-performing schools don’t care.
Well, here’s a big surprise: data from Kentucky’s new Unbridled Learning education accountability program show that, on average, PLAs high school parents attended more parent/teacher conferences in the 2011-12 school year than did parents from the other high schools in Louisville.
That goes counter to a major drumbeat from the Jefferson County denial dance.
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