Yesterday I filmed at the press conference for our new report (by Richard G. Innes) Blacks Falling Through Gaps. Here’s a highlight video of some of the key moments. Be sure to post on your Facebook page (copy this link https://vimeo.com/44294354)
Pay attention near the end of this 3-minute newscast item to comments from the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS).
JCPS claims they already knew about the data.
Clearly, major news teams in Louisville did not know. Who was keeping the secret?
Furthermore, if JCPS knew, what actions have they taken in schools like Noe Middle School – where the white minus black reading proficiency gap exceeds 43 percentage points? What specific action has JCPS taken at the Dunn Elementary School – where the math gap is 55.66 percentage points?
Sadly, JCPS only provides an uninspiring, generalist response that sounds just like same old thing we’ve been hearing for the past 22 years whenever someone points to evidence that KERA isn’t working well.
By the way, our report does outline tremendous achievement gaps in Louisville schools today but didn’t discuss gap trends over time. Read this short paper for yourself here.
Head over to the Courier-Journal’s website to watch an interview with Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters talking about Public Charter Schools in Kentucky. JCTA President Brent McKim responded by email in this article. Leave your thoughts about what he says in our comments! (*do we even need to say how insulting this is?)
It is unfortunate that groups like the Bluegrass Institute are willing to take advantage of low-income and minority students in order to try to advance their agenda to privatize our public schools. Most Kentuckians understand public schools are the foundation of our democracy and should be supported, not abandoned for charter schools that have a terrible track record.
In this video, the Institute for Justice (IJ) discusses its take on Obamacare’s most volatile policy – the individual mandate. This mandate would force all United States citizens to have health care coverage either through and employer or through some sort of government funded plan.
In the video, IJ makes a great point that throughout the history of American law, contracts hinge on the voluntary involvement of two parties. With the Supreme Court of the United States expected to announce its ruling on the constitutionality of Obamacare any day now, this video is well worth sharing.