Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Panel: Poorer schools shortchanged McGarry: So?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 4:20 PM

It’s funny how people get around saying what they really want to say. It’s especially entertaining to see how politicians and public officials do it. Case in point: Yesterday, the school board debated the results of a study by a volunteer panel. The volunteer group reported “serious equity concerns” about the wide disparity in the number of Advanced Placement courses offered to students in low-income, largely urban, high schools and their counterparts in the tonier suburbs. The panel chairman, Rob Harrington, said, "If there are students we can reach who will thrive in that setting, we need to try to reach them." Seems fair enough, right? Well, not to Queen of the ‘Burbs, Kaye McGarry.

McGarry said the unequal numbers could very well be the natural result of poorer students not being ready for college-level courses. The queen explained, “Maybe we need to offer them more to people who qualify for them, who want them and who pass them." Translated from Teabagger into plain English, what McGarry actually said was, “What’d you expect from the high-poverty schools? Those people aren’t interested in education anyhow, and I’m not about to let CMS to take any AP courses away from the white suburban Christian kids.”

McGarry failed to note that if the poorer students are given college-level opportunities, it could lead to a shortage of servants in the future, but we’re sure this was just an oversight on her part.

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