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Alabama education system sets easier test for blacks

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SEGREGATION is against the law in Alabama. But another form of racism has taken hold. The WSJ reports:

“Beginning this fall, Alabama public schools will be under a new state-created academic accountability system that sets different goals for students in math and reading based on their race, economic status, ability to speak English and disabilities.” Alabama’s Plan 2020 “sets a different standard for students in each of several subgroups — American Indian, Asian/Pacific islander, black, English language learners, Hispanic, multirace, poverty, special education and white.”

The American Interest notes:

In other words, minority students will need to meet lower expectations, while white students (and Asians) will be expected to reach higher proficiency levels.

Elois Zeanah, President of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women, asks:

“Doesn’t this imply that some students are not as smart as others depending on their genetic and economic backgrounds?”

Yes. It seems to.

For instance, while 95 percent of third-graders, regardless of subgroup, need to pass math in 2013 under No Child Left Behind, the Alabama plan expects 91.5 percent of white students and 79 percent of black students to pass math tests in 2013.

The Tuscaloosa news adds:

The state’s new Plan 2020 will replace No Child Left Behind, the much-maligned, Bush-era accountability program. ..

Under No Child Left Behind, 95 percent of all third-graders had to pass math by 2013 for a school to meet education standards. All third-graders, black, white, poor, special needs or otherwise, had to meet the same goal.

But under Plan 2020, the percentage of third-graders required to pass math in 2013 is different for each subgroup.

The percentages needed for third-graders to pass math in their subgroups for 2013 are:

– 93.6 percent of Asian/Pacific Islander students.

– 91.5 percent of white students.

– 90.3 percent of American Indian students.

– 89.4 percent of multiracial students.

– 85.5 percent of Hispanic students.

– 82.6 percent of students in poverty.

– 79.6 percent of English language-learner students.

– 79 percent of black students.

– 61.7 percent of special needs students.

You are no longer an individual. You are part of a race. (As you can see, there are no Jews, Arab Muslims or billionaires in Alabama).

What say the experts?

Shanthia Washington, education administrator for the Alabama Department of Education, said the reason they set lower goals for some student subgroups is because they weren’t performing as well as others based on 2012’s standardized test data.

She said one of the goals of Plan 2020 is to start students off at the level they’re performing on and set annual goals to get them to improve from there.

“We’re not just grabbing the numbers out of the air …,” Washington said. “This is real-life, true data. These are your goals every year. The goal is to reduce the students who aren’t proficient over the period of the next six years.

“The purpose in (setting higher annual percentage increases for the lower performing subgroups) is to try to give ambitious but obtainable goals for each subgroup,” she said. “With the old system, they all had to adhere to the same goal, but some might have only had 20 percent proficiency.”

So why not change the tests? If some students do worse in some tests than others, introduce new tests that give students a new angle in education? Focus on engineering, say, or art?

Washington adds:

“In that way, we feel like we can raise the performance. The ultimate goal of Plan 2020 is to ensure that each child is college- and career-ready.”

What career does the poor black child have, then, who took the easier test? Or does he go to college for, you know, more of the same strain of education that failed him already..?

Lowering the bar reduces their life expectations. It is an admittance of failure.

Photo: Pickets representing civil rights groups parade outside Wilson Auditorium in Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 11, 1964 where Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama spoke to a University of Cincinnati audience. Wallace, a leading spokesman for segregation and states’ rights, denounced the newly-passed civil rights bill as a federal power grab. His visit to Cincinnati coincided with a one-day boycott to protest alleged de fact segregation in public schools. There were no incidents at the speech. (AP Photo/Gene Smith)

Posted: 12th, July 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


Alabama’s Department of Homeland Security active shooter event training video

THERE are three things you can do if you find yourself in an Active Shooter Event in Alabams. You can:

Run

Hide

Fight

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Posted: 6th, January 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


Leprechaun spotted in Alabama – with news video and amateur sketch

TO Mobile, Alabama, where just in the nick o’time for  St. Patrick’s Day a Leprechaun has been spotted. The ‘Amateur Sketch’ featured in this news bulletin should not be confused with a professional sketch…

Posted: 14th, March 2012 | In: TV & Radio | Comment


Alabama Teacher Educates Class In How To Murder Barack Obama

BARACK Obama remains un-dead. But the Barack Obama Death Cult continues to gain new converts. In Jefferson County, geometry teacher Gregory Harrison, of Corner High School, is using the example of shooting Obama in the face to impart in the class the value of knowing your angles.

Says Joseph Brown, a scholar:

“He was talking about angles and said, ‘If you’re in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president.'”

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Posted: 20th, May 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment


Tim James, Alabama And The Business Of Sex Offending:

TIM James. Alabama and the business of sex offending. As a businessman I like inconveniencing sex offenders – in soft focus… As a businessman:

Spotter

Posted: 7th, May 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment


Robin Williams Says English Are Grey-Skinned Australians

ACCORDING to Robin Williams the English are grey-skinned Australians:

“The Australians are basically English rednecks…,’’ [Williams] said….

Aussie red-face Kevin Rudd reacts to a joke:

Mr Rudd said: “First of all, I think Robin Williams should go and spend a bit of time in Alabama before he frames comments about anyone being particularly redneck.”

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Posted: 1st, April 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment


Calls For A Return To Segregation In Alabama’s Bear Pit

A RETURN to Russellville, Alabama where authorities are investigating a chid’s severed foot.

As Anorak readers recall, the foot was brought home by a family dog. A two-day hunt ensued. But the rest of the child was not found.

Now after extensive study the local police department’s crack team of forensic boffins and detectives can say with no hint of doubt that it IS a foot, specifically a bear’s foot.

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Posted: 26th, September 2008 | In: Strange But True | Comments (5)