I watched some of the testimony yesterday, and the bottom line kept coming back to this, which was summed up by Journal-Sentinel education writer Erin Richards, and comes as no surprise to anyone who has spent five minutes in a low-income classroom or community.
Convoluted #AB1 hearing keeps coming back to: There's no magic bullet or magic law to guarantee low-performing schools get better.— Erin Richards (@emrichards) January 14, 2015
And until you start investing in low-income communities, and start giving pathways to success for both adults and school-aged children, you won't change academic achievement. And our GOP Legislature and Governor don't seem the least bit interested in that. In fact, the 262-driven Wisconsin GOP seems to want poor neighborhoods to stay second-class, so their mediocre selves can stay above someone.