We disappointingly ended our last school year with large numbers of area students failing to reach proficiency on the high school K-PREP math exam and with wide discrepancies among students by race, as reported on the Warren County Equity Scorecard.

In a letter to the Daily News published Aug. 6, Rita Crabtree wrote, "More than half of the white students and more than three-fourths of black students failed to achieve a proficient score on this exam." That is deplorable.

Currently, a new school year is upon us, with fresh opportunities to reflect better achievement at the end of this school term. But it will take our entire community, and I am happy to perceive that some have started already. They are the ones with whom we can begin our praises as models for others who may come aboard!

Garry Chaffin, vice chairman of the Warren County School Board, favors giving constituents fair time to air their concerns.

Crabtree researched and wrote a compelling letter to the Daily News as she invited others to the next board meeting.

Aaron Mudd, the Daily News educational reporter, followed scorecard issues intently and broke the news story.

Attorney Carlos Bailey kept equity scorecard issues posted and in the forefront.

The Daily News realized the importance of the issues involved and allowed space for front-page coverage and subsequent opinion poll leverage.

Angela Townsend

Bowling Green

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crabtreecom

Ms. Townsend - thank you for your very thoughtful and supportive letter - Rita Crabtree

angelat1305

We are most appreciative for your concern for positive learner outcomes for ALL children and for having the courage to make that known! I tried to contact you by phone to no avail. Thanks again.

Le Ecrivain

Learning is social. There is a significant body of work in the professional research literature on the subject. By congregating the poverty as the school districts have done, they have done this to the student body. Turning the teachers into greater tyrants won't help. Our excellent dear leaders produced a division between independent school district and county school district that ensures massive learning disparities. The problem is too severe to change. It would be pleasant to stop seeing the leadership get rewarded for maintaining it. Economists call it human capital. Psychologists call it social learning. Bevin loves the public sector employee, and the Democrat ticket specifically selected teachers for running mates. This problem will not be remedied through the system and it will be up to the parents to ensure their children are fit for migration to better economic zones.

angelat1305

Thanks for your comments with which I thoroughly agree. Much of the malaise comes from local city planning committees and city government's reluctance to engage in fair play. That is exactly what has happened here with the incessant building of homes and schools over the past few years.

Enough Already

Interesting that these failing public schools can't turn out an acceptable product but they absolutely don't want funding for charter schools because that might hurt the public school system. I suggest that it is more like they will have to put forth the effort to educate these kids properly or lose the students to more competent charter schools.

ewc3

RIght in the Bullseye.

angelat1305

Thanks for assigning the blame where it belongs; blaming the students is indeed victim blaminng.

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