Case For Busing Blows A Tire (CJ)

https://i0.wp.com/wwwcache.wral.com/asset/business/local_tech_wire/opinion/2007/06/01/1461330/john_locke_foundation_logo-220x86.gif Today’s Carolina Journal has a column from John Hood, head of the Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation, in which he discusses Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s test scores, which have caught up to Wake County’s. By the way, he puts it in the context of Charlotte having no forced busing whereas Wake County does.

As you probably figured out by now, I am not a fan of busing.

An excerpt:

The image “https://i0.wp.com/www.johnlocke.org/images/authors/screen_3e6a6da92887d.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.  RALEIGH – Remember when local politicians and school officials in Wake County defended their forced-busing policies by arguing that Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s lower test scores reflected the inevitable results of re-segregation? Remember when they attributed Wake’s higher performance among minority and low-income students to their socioeconomic target? Remember when the state and national opinion leaders lionized Wake’s self-styled courage and castigated protesting parents as racist troglodytes?

Uh, never mind. According to the latest scores, minority and low-income students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, where forced busing is now largely absent, are now performing at the same level as similar students in Wake, where forced busing remains the law.

This is hardly the first time that a highly touted educational “breakthrough” in North Carolina has turned out to be far less in substance than the initial marketing would lead one to suggest. My favorite example, which I never tire of repeating, is the 1999 press conference where then-Gov. Jim Hunt attributed improvement in North Carolina performance on the National Assessment of Education Program that year in part to the benefits of his Smart Start early-childhood program.

The reporters dutifully scribbled down the governor’s claims and repeated them. Only later, thanks to the urging of a pesky Raleigh think tank, did they think to do the math. The NAEP scores were for 4th and 8th-graders. Not a single participant in a Smart Start-funded preschool program would have been old enough to take the NAEP test in question. Unless Gov. Hunt was suggesting that the younger braniacs, heads chock full of learnin’ from their high-quality preschool experience, were tutoring their older siblings, his claim was simply impossible.

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E.C. 🙂

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