The percentage of Louisville students in NCLB failing schools varies notably by race.
Remember how we were promised that stimulus dollars would be used to get people back to work on “shovel ready” projects within 60 days?
Well, it’s been 14 months and Louisville’s “just getting ready to do sidewalks,” according to city Stimulus Czar Rick Johnstone.
While the city has received $458 million — twice as much as expected — there seems to be some question about whether taxpayers are getting anywhere close to an appropriate return on their “investment.”
The Louisville Examiner’s Thomas McAdam does the math: $458 million spent on 1,152 new jobs works out to “$397,569.44 per job created.”
McAdam adds: Remember how we groused back in November that the City spent $31 million to create 562 jobs, at $55,160 per job? Come to think of it, that was something of a bargain after all.
See Louisville’s stimulus “bargains” here.
Nearly 60 percent of all Louisville students attend schools that fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind.
One hundred percent!
Even the prestigious Louisville Male High School only graduated 98.7 percent according to its 2008-2009 School Report Card (Available from pull-down menus here). And, only 92.6 percent are going on to either two- or four-year colleges combined.
By the way, Male is a magnet school that accepts academically strong students through a competition.
Urban Prep uses a straight lottery to admit students. Any applicant has an equal chance of admittance.
Only four percent of Urban Prep’s seniors could read at grade level when they entered the school as freshmen. So much for claims that this school skims the cream.
There are more interesting comparisons. Urban Prep’s students are 82 percent low income. Based on data in Louisville Male’s School Report Card for 2009 reading, Male’s low-income rate is only 24.8 percent.
Certainly, Urban Prep’s ACT score average is much lower than Male’s, but this charter school still has something great going on if every one of its seniors got into a four-year college.
Don’t we need that sort of educational excitement in Kentucky?
(To learn more about Urban Prep, click here)