"At the onset of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, third-grade literacy was 41.8 percent. That was nearly five years ago. The literacy rate declined sharply to 10.7 percent last year, nearly a 75 percent drop. “We’re in crisis mode,” (Flint school board vice president Harold Woodson told the Detroit Free Press February 6).
Falling test scores outrage legislators and policy makers, Old Betsy DeVos must be in a tail spin. Surely, she rush millions of dollars to Flint public schools, Never mind, the charter school queen, like always will remain silent.
Should parents and teachers be surprised by this new outrage?
Parents and teachers, were outraged by poisoned water,
Parents and teachers were outraged by the closing of numerous public schools,
Parents and teachers were outraged by endless cuts in school budgets for decades,
Parents and teachers were outraged by decades of cuts to the arts, music, Physical Education, and play.
Parent and teachers are not surprised by test score drops in the capital of poison water.
No, parents and teachers are outraged by legislators and policy makers who have worked diligently over the decades to crushed the hopes and dreams of Flint young people to save a few dollars to cover tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.
Outraged, yes but not by falling test scores, but by your lack of empathy and humanity.
Outraged by decades of legislative child abuse.
Yes, Parents and teachers are outraged,
But more than outraged,
We are determined to bring justice and equity to justice not only to Flint's public schools, but to every public school in the land.
We shall over come someday,
Jesse The Walking Man Turner
If you are wondering what song this walking man is listening to on his morning walk today...it's that Civil Rights song Bruce Spingsteen cover of "We Shall Over Come that carries our dreams and hope through all dark nights....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqT9yegqoRk