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Something’s Gotta Be In The Water In Indiana

November 16th, 2010 by jake · 9 Comments

Andrew Compton’s father spoke to FOX 41 in a super-sad interview. I can’t think of a more depressing and screwed up story. Absolutely horrifying. If you’ve got some extra cash, maybe you’ll consider contributing to the Andrew Compton Memorial Fund at any PNC Bank location – to help pay for burial and funeral expenses. [FOX 41]

Newly-elected Metro Councilcritter David James could take office this year, according to the County Attorney. [FatLip]

Musicians with the Louisville Orchestra have broken their silence over ongoing contract negotiations. The ensemble needs $2 million. [WFPL]

Here’s a one-on-one interview with Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Sheldon Berman that may or may not make your skin crawl. [FOX 41]

Thornton’s has pledged to give 21st Century Parks a million bucks for creating the Floyds Fork park. [WAVE3]

Was the Vice-Presidential airplane spotted in Louisville a couple days ago? A reader says he saw the plane. [We Get Emails]

The Herald-Leader editorial board recognizes there’s a problem with payday loan sharks. It’s a shame the other big paper in Kentucky tends to ignore the issue. [H-L]

A dentist from Southern Indiana killed a lady and essentially got away with it. Wow. Remember the guy who was drunk in a trash can?  He’s involved in the story, too. [WHAS11]

Everybody is still faux-excited over the push to lure an NBA team to Louisville. We’re left wondering why Louisvillians can never be satisfied with what they’ve got here in their great city. Kinda frustrating that people don’t get this excited over light rail or repairing pot holes. [Broken Sidewalk]

Tags: Arena · Education · Fox 41 · Indiana · JCPS · Metro Council · Music · Newspaper · Parks · Rumors · Scandal · Sports

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  • 1 Earl // Nov 16, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Sheldon Berman is a lunatic.

    So, roughly one third of the local school children are paying for public schools and making whatever sacrifices that are necessary to pay tuition at private schools. By and large, these are not wealthy people. But, they are parents who will sacrifice for, and participate in, their child’s education. These people are the ones whose complaints Sheldon Berman no longer hears, because they no longer live in the strange reality occupied by Berman.

    Sheldon Berman is not the kind of person I want involved in my child’s education. If for no other reason, he doesn’t appear to think that educating is JCPS’ number one (or two…or…) function. Go Shelly! Blame it on the free lunch kids! Hint: you can’t fix poverty before education! Educate first, then wealth will follow.

  • 2 blowin' in the wind // Nov 16, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Does anyone in this town ever think of the kids??? Dre. Berman has been saying the same thing for months and its meaningless. He has pulled the wool over the eyes of the African-American leadership, he continually sets board members against themselves and the kids are lost in the shuffle. It is NOT either diversity (read busing) or neighborhood schools. It is a good plan versus a horribly botched plan. And it is all SB’s plan. Does anyone in this town really care about the kids? Our economic and social futures? It’s too bad that intellectual child abuse isn’t a crime.

  • 3 Steve Magruder // Nov 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

    “Educate first, then wealth will follow.”

    Earl, I’m afraid you have this backwards in one key way: Teachers have extra difficulty dealing with kids from impoverished backgrounds, and this affects the education of others who are ready to learn. Not all poor kids are troublemakers, of course, but there’s a greater tendency for a kid from a poor family to be a troublemaker, or at least have special needs that distracts the teacher.

  • 4 Daniel M // Nov 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Education, Health and Income are chicken and egg sorts of problems. That is why our wonderful local Metro United Way has made these three items a priority in the community.

  • 5 Jake Supporter // Nov 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Not blaming anyone but you guys hit the nail on the head. When will someone actually stop, think about the students, and do what is best for them and not the corporate grants, sponsorships, or what “others” outside Jefferson County think? We argue about the fitness of someone’s ability to lead but the only thing suffering are the kiddos. Grown-ups will move on, collect big golden parachutes, and land somewhere on their feet while our kids suffer for not being ready to compete. And we wonder why everyone is taking our jobs, our technology, and our kids’ futures. Stop blaming and think about a way to fix this mess.

  • 6 citizen // Nov 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    As long as our community accepts that poor kids affect the education of non-poor kids, we are doomed. If there are resources, processes, and systems in place to remove the barriers that poverty brings, academic success happens. But you have to plan for it, it has to be intentional in focus, and you have to fund it.

    Busing has failed because even though we have an integrated school system, our schools are still segregated. Few minorities in advanced program, large numbers of minorities in comprehensive classes. Some freshman acadamys are for the entire freshman class, but some are just to segregate the poor minorities from the rest of the fresman class. I could go on and on. Poor and minority students who attend east end schools or magnet schools are shut out of extracurricular activities, unless they can help to bring a winning team. If they can bring a championship, they are treated like royalty no matter how poor or academically behind they are. Parents are shut out of being involved due to transportation issues.

    One thing I think we all can agree on – Shelley needs to go.

  • 7 Novena // Nov 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    “Guns, Bullets, and Chalkboards”

    Public education is part and parcel of a system of poverty in America. It largely reproduces what already exists in the dominant society (just check our mania for test scores and see how the higher scores follow affluence and vice-versa). Politicians and the citizenry don’t want to admit it because it would take money (instead of thousands of bombs and colossal payments to Halliburton). to solve our underlying socio-economic problems, which are monumental.

  • 8 Earl // Nov 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Berman is the Education Superintendent, not the poverty superintendent. I realize you can’t totally separate the two, but he ought to realize by his title alone that his focus should be on the educational component first and foremost. Hearing him speak about education is like hearing Steve Kragthorpe speak about football – if you remember, he declared immediately upon being hired that football was not his top priority. Then he went on to show – much like Berman- what can happen when your main intended function is not your priority.

  • 9 Bill // Nov 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Louisville can’t even get jobs for the people that live here and you have 15 to 20k in homeless people here. They think we can support a NBA team when the city has something like 15 to 20 percent real unemployment. This isn’t Chicago, LA, NYC, or Boston with well established pro teams and the population and resources to boot. This is Kentucky and really we should focus on getting people who can read, write, and realize that they and their families and friends are getting screwed here. Maybe thats where the idea of KY jelly came from. Its from KY because here you’re going to get screwed one way or another

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