Consolidating school districts
And after the Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that racial desegregation was unconstitutional, it moved to a system that balances schools by socioeconomic status. Even though the city and Marion County adopted civil Unigov in 1970, and while other Indiana school districts were consolidating, Indy kept IPS and 10 township and community school districts in the county.Under federal court orders, Black students from IPS were bused to township schools starting in 1981.In Indiana, he shows, the push for charter schools was intimately tied to the argument that Indianapolis Public Schools were failing.This squares with what I saw as a reporter covering the Statehouse during the charter debates.But Louisville’s experience shows it was once possible to choose a different path.“I think it’s really important, not just for urban education but for the way we interact with other people,” Johnston said.“When people were adopting charters all around them,” Johnston said, “they had an alternative vision.” Johnston points to district boundaries as the primary reason perceptions were so different.Louisville schools merged with surrounding schools to create the countywide Jefferson County Public Schools district in 1975.
He analyzed 2,200 newspaper articles, gubernatorial and mayoral speeches and school reform group documents. The problem is that there no longer are busloads of nuns; in fact, most schools would be lucky to have a Mini Cooper’s worth of such minimum-wage professional teachers.Their ranks have declined by a staggering 62 percent since 1965 (from 180,000 to 68,000).The law increased and equalized school funding, boosted standards and provided technical support for schools.Although Louisville schools lagged behind the state average on test scores, KERA provided a sense that things were improving.