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No One In Town Surprised By JCPS Test Scores

September 24th, 2010 by jake · 22 Comments

Fairdale Bigfoot has penned his final column. He is not as popular as the Pope Lick Goat Monster. [Consuming Louisville]

Here’s the latest from University of Kentucky trustee Joe Peek. UofL still needs someone like him to step up ASAP. [Page One]

A whole bunch of church people are playing politics and complaining about Hal Heiner’s latest campaign ad. [WFPL]

While Dan Fendley was still alive, he confirmed to me (despite what Springston will say) that he and his son were involved in working against Katie King in 2008, serving as Ed Springston’s ghost attorney(s). Jack Conway’s brother, Matt, was also involved. And that’s made Jack really nervous. (And if the Fendleys weren’t involved?  Springston would have already identified his ghost attorney.) [Sometimes I Leave Comments]

Ryan Alessi’s latest poll says Greg Fischer leads Hal Heiner 43.5% to 36.5%. Just like with the Yarmuth-Lally poll, no one buys it. Fischer’s ahead, but not by that much. And this poll proves Hal Heiner and his folks need to quit with the stupid behavior of: running from the gays, refusing to talk about issues they’re afraid of and playing it safe. [CN|2]

Isn’t it funny that Rand Paul was so afraid of organized labor that he stayed in Louisville less than 30 minutes? [Valley Report]

This will be a bit of a change on Baxter Avenue, right? Maybe even a welcome one. [Broken Sidewalk]

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say some of the latest test scores are disturbing. What will change and improve? Nothing! It’s JCPS. Come on. The superintendent gets to have an affair with a UofL staffer tightly involved with Robert Felner and no one bats an eyelash. The board breaks the law regarding open meetings and no one bats an eyelash. The guy admits to serving on a board of directors solely for the purpose of making the company money off the back of JCPS and no one bats an eyelash. What do you expect? Really, come on. [FOX41]

But what do your mayoral candidates think about the abysmal test scores? [WAVE3]

The 911 call from a man who found his parents dead in E-town? Depressingly sad. Don’t listen to it. [WHAS11]

Tags: Bad Behavior · Congress · Education · JCPS · John Yarmuth · Mayor's Race 2010 · Neighborhoods · Polls · Senate Race · South End · University of Kentucky · University of Louisville

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 blowin' in the wind // Sep 24, 2010 at 8:30 am

    SB will try to put a spin on test scores by blaming the test. And by the way not only did he have an affair with said staffer, he paid her salary for two years through a grant received by JCPS from a certain bank. Good thing she’s moved to Missouri.

  • 2 sickofit // Sep 24, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Not only does Berman have an affair with a UL staffer, but rumor has it that staffer is cooking his “care for kids” data so they can travel all over the world together and present its fake greatness. The press from JCPS regarding test scores only touts schools that had “care for kids” program did well. Meanwhile Rodosky is scratching his head at the simple math used to calculate annual objectives and crying that the bad people who set those objectives aren’t even in KY anymore. Boo Hoo. Guess what, the people who set those objectives are now influencing your next nightmare, reauthorization of NCLB and Next Generation Learners – the new accountability system reflected in Senate Bill 1, that is going to make yesterday’s data seem wonderful.

  • 3 blowin' in the wind // Sep 24, 2010 at 8:46 am

    By the way, while SB’s salary is listed at $260k, his Complete Package is worth more than $500k. And speaking of links to Felner, if anyone ever looks closely at his sidekick’s credentials they might be a bit more concerned about him–thoroughly “adjusted” by Felner, of course.

  • 4 jake // Sep 24, 2010 at 8:48 am

    sickofit: That staffer is no longer at the University of Louisville.

  • 5 blowin' in the wind // Sep 24, 2010 at 9:07 am

    There is no research to substantiate claims that Care for Kids has anything to do with the test scores. SB knows that nobody ever checks statements like that. Not even the board asks substantive questions when he makes assertions. Sometimes I think he believes that if you say it often enough, it will be true! (Kansas, anyone?)

  • 6 Mark Stanton // Sep 24, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Heiner’s JCPS ad should be criticized for two reasons. One, the mayor does not have the authority to enact the changes he is talking about; and two, the changes he espouses are politically appealing but the easy and incorrect way out of the student assignment mess. Critics are correct that Heiner’s plan would lead to resegregation. With the history and investment we have in the student assignment process we must fix it. For that to happen more heads probably should roll, not just a couple of principal suspensions. I can’t believe with all of the schools and buses that are used we can’t have a plan that works better for all concerned and eliminates the ridiculously long bus rides.

  • 7 jake // Sep 24, 2010 at 10:06 am

    As Phillip Bailey pointed out in a twat yesterday, Heiner isn’t advocating for neighborhood schools. So how is he advocating for segregation?

    It’s simple and convenient to think for a moment that busing solves the racial divide in this city – even in schools – and it’d be nice to see someone offer a solution that could work instead of just complaining.

    Stanton is right that more heads should roll, for sure.

    But what will we do to get rid of bad teachers and incubate good teachers?

    Aside from the racial divide, if we’re talking about diversity, what do folks propose we do about socializing kids of various economic backgrounds and not just racial/ethnic?

  • 8 The Hipster // Sep 24, 2010 at 10:13 am

    JCPS is doing a good job preparing the 69% of kids that will not be ready for college or a job when they leave the JCPS system. Busing the kids across the county and giving them more time together will help them build relationship with kids from all walks of life. By doing so, it will help many of them to learn how to get along with their neighbors in the public and government supplimented housing they will find themselves in.

    Thank you JCPS for helping to prepare Louisville to ask for more federal dollars to take care of these folks. You guys Rock!

  • 9 Novena // Sep 24, 2010 at 10:18 am

    “Alice on Testing in Schools”

    Alice: “I don’t believe there’s an atom of meaning in it.”

    Bobby & Shellie: “Mind your own business. It makes for good money for some people.”

    Alice: “You’re nothing but a pack of cards.”

    Bobby & Shellie: “Tut, tut, child! Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”

    Alice: “Curiouser and Curiouser!”

  • 10 blowin' in the wind // Sep 24, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Jake, you are absolutely right about needing a creative plan to address the issues. The current busing plan was designed with economic backgrounds as a major component, but SB insisted on a plan that cut clear across the county instead of a more workable plan proposed by others in the planning group. The problem is that it is a “busing” plan and a “student assignment plan,” not a child and community centered plan. Part of the problem we have right now is that it is being posed as “either/or” and its a false dichotomy. We need not give up diversity, either economic or racial, to have a better plan.

  • 11 Charles // Sep 24, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I’ll ask again: tell me a school district of JCPS’s size and demographics that you believe is doing better. JCPS has a lot to improve, but compare apples to apples.

    As for Heiner, he may not be advocating for neighborhood schools, but he is being ambiguous enough that folks who support neighborhood schools think he is singing their song.

    Does it matter where a candidate’s children attend school?

  • 12 blowin' in the wind // Sep 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    What other school districts are doing is irrelevant; it is what we are doing that matters. And if you want to compare apples to apples, talk to KDE: one of the biggest problems with the testing is that we are comparing apples and oranges and have been all through KIRIS and CATS. Some of us have been trying to talk to them about this since 1991!

  • 13 Charles // Sep 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Of course what other school districts is relevant. It gives us a point of comparison of dealing with a large, urban school district. It allows us to better see what JCPS might be doing well and what it might be doing particularly poorly. The whole point of the current testing debacle is comparison with other students/districts, right?

    I gather then, by your answer, that you cannot name a similar size/demographic district in the country that you would lift up as doing better than JCPS?

  • 14 blowin' in the wind // Sep 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Charles, yes I can name other districts outside of Kentucky but I won’t. I continue to maintain it is NOT relevant. What good does it do Louisville to keep looking every year at “similar” communities that are not similar at all and find itself always toward the bottom? What change has that futile exercise inspired? We don’t need other communities to tell us what JCPS is not doing well, we just need the guts to acknowledge it and do something about it.

  • 15 Charles // Sep 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    blowin’ in the wind,

    Pardon my bluntness, but I don’t believe you. Name a district of this size and demographics that you think is doing a better job. I can name several that are doing worse.

  • 16 sickofit // Sep 24, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Charles – you don’t have to look outside of KY to find districts that are doing well by kids who live in poverty. And don’t tell me that those disticts don’t have the same issues JCPS does, because poverty is poverty. Even if you want to compare generational poverty vs. situational poverty, there are districts in KY who are doing a far better job than JCPS. Sick of the excuses….sick of it!

  • 17 blowin' in the wind // Sep 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Charles, whether you believe me or not is also irrelevant. You’re asking the wrong questions. Are you sure your are not SB???

  • 18 blowin' in the wind // Sep 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Oops…your are should be you are. Spelling counts.

  • 19 The Hipster // Sep 24, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Love the arugements about relevant vs irrelevant but, if the boys and girls in JCPS when they graduate are not ready for college or a job, both your tax dollars will be going to support them.

  • 20 Charles // Sep 25, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I am not SB, I am a parent with two kids in JCPS. Of course there are districts that are better–I’m asking if you can find a district comparable to JCPS that is doing better. I’m not making excuses–JCPS needs to do a better job. But you can’t compare JCPS do a district in Northern KY or Oldham. What district of JCPS’s size and demographics is doing better than JCPS–anywhere?

    Why do I care? Because the challenges of a district of this size and demo are huge. It’s worth knowing who has a better track record.

  • 21 The Highlander // Sep 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Charles: If you ‘think’ the problem is the ‘size’ of the district; then why not consider reducing it or dividing it in half or quarters? There’s a legitimate answer to every problem, provided the decision-makers are willing to consider all options. The problem w/JCPS’ board is that they have been ‘stuck in concrete’ on the concept of diversity and are ignoring the educational results.

  • 22 Charles // Sep 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    So, no one can name a school district of JCPS size and demographics anywhere in the country that they believe is doing a better job than JCPS? Then let’s look at incremental, rather than radical, solutions to JCPS’s problems.

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