Add WLKY in Louisville to the list of television stations that picked up the story about the white versus black achievement gaps in Louisville that we discuss in our new paper, “Blacks Falling Through Gaps.”
A dominant issue during this year’s legislative session was whether legislation was needed requiring a prescription in order to purchase products containing pseudoephedrine, and whether such a law would stop criminals from using it to make the drug methamphetamine.
The Bluegrass Institute opposed this draconian proposal.
Forcing people with the cold or flu to go to a doctor’s office and wait for authorization to get medicine in hopes of stopping meth production is government overkill.
A majority of legislators agreed and instead chose to limit the amount of pseudoephedrine individuals can purchase in a single month or year without a doctor’s prescription.
Nearly two months later the debate has resurfaced.
A Lexington Herald-Leader editorial bashes $486,053 spent by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association to stop SB3 while attempting to portray the CHPA as sinister lobbyists.
Still, it cannot change the facts. In his balanced, factual response to the H-L editorial, CHPA president Scott Melville points out the common sense reasons his organization opposed the law:
* Kentuckians — 6,700 by mail, 12,000 on Facebook — oppose requiring prescriptions for cold and flu medicine
* Only 2 percent of pseudoephedrine sold in Kentucky is used for meth according to the Legislative Research Commission — a far cry from “a huge portion.”
* Kentucky already has effective laws barring previous meth offenders from pseudoephedrine, and a system to track pseudoephedrine purchases.
The facts reveal that forcing law-abiding Kentuckians to obtain a prescription just to purchase a box of Sudafed would have been unnecessarily strict and abusive to our freedoms.
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.