Bill Glasheen wrote:
You see where I came in, Glenn. That first news story is on the first day I started work here.
Exactly, you missed out on a lot before that, and apparently had some erroneous info given your statement about Berman starting busing, which I corrected.
I walked in during the summer when almost every night contained a news story deploring Berman's brand new abortion of a busing plan. Berman was repeatedly interviewed, and his attitude to the public was condescending and patronizing. His arrogance and insensitivity to the citizens he was serving led to the lawsuits. While they didn't stop the plan from commencing, they did seal his fate. All the public needed was an excuse to get rid of him. The test scores were all the ammunition needed.
Correct, his contract was not renewed because of his lack of leadership and inability to ease parents' concerns over the changes. The dots are still connected. That some parents complained and filed suit is normal, but the current round of complaints/lawsuit is nothing compared to what happened in 1975. Heck I'd be complaining too if my kids did not get home until 9:30pm, although that ended up being a few kids who were put on the wrong buses at their schools. The lawsuit was thrown out by a circuit judge on August 12 stating that "state law allows parents to register their children with the school closest to their home — but it doesn't guarantee their children a spot at that school", so it would be a non-issue for the Board since the courts sided with the district.
Is there any part of what I posted that you don't understand? I fail to see what you find in error. I may have been imprecise in my language, but I was not wrong. And I'm not getting my information from hearsay.
"He came in 4 years ago from New England and inexplicably started a busing program a la 1970s style in an attempt to mix up the socioeconomic classes." Well that was just plain wrong, as I documented before, but I think your error is just because of your recent entry into the events, it happens.
It's easy for people with no skin in the game to dismiss these concerns.
You mean the concerns of the lower income parents who don't want their kids stuck only in the poor schools? I agree, their concerns are definitely being dismissed in all this. Right now the focus is only on the complaints of the affluent, the majority of parents and students are being ignored.
But when you have your kids in some of the best public schools in the country (number 1 son going to a nationally ranked high school, number 2 to a brand new middle school) and you walk into this ridiculous fiasco, how you feel about where you live and where your kids are going to go to school becomes more than an academic exercise, a history lesson, or something I'm supposed to accept because a liberal-minded bureaucrat thinks it's better for me. And the public is not served when the affluent leave the system and go private, creating a death spiral in the existing system. It's unintelligent, it's ineffective, and it's unjust to everyone.
So what's going on in the schools in your Virginia district that are not new or nationally ranked? What's being done to improve the education of kids at those schools? Instead of just ridiculing from the outsider's perspective, which you know is never well received by the natives, perhaps you could suggest viable alternatives? Come on Bill, one of the things I like about you is that you don't just complain, you look for solutions. Having "no skin in the game" seems to be making you too much of a bystander in this, that's not like you. Personally I don't like busing either, but simply ending it will not solve the issues that led to its implementation in the first place, so what are the alternatives? I'm provoking and prodding you for a reason afterall!
Oh yea... and Berman owns this year's fiasco. That's all his baby. And as of last night, there are Louisville citizens dancing.
And yet no one spoke out against him at the public board hearing last night, nor was any of this public outrage taken out on the board members up for re-election this year. Must not have been too high on peoples' to-do lists. Note too that no policies have actually been changed in all this, and given that the school board sent a clear message that the current plan would not just be scrapped, whatever dancing you're seeing is probably premature. What is certain is that for everyone you see dancing there is at least one other who is concerned by what this turn of events means for their kids.