WAVE 3 Editorial – Sept. 29, 2011: Leaving Children Behind

By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President & General Manager

Kentucky is apparently leaving many children behind - more than one of every two - when it comes to meeting academic goals required by No Child Left Behind goal mandates.

Even more troublesome is six of every ten Kentucky high school graduates left school this spring unprepared for college or the workforce. The numbers are worse in Jefferson County. Two-thirds of the 5,500 graduates were not ready for college or a career.

There are 133 schools in Jefferson County. Only 22 of them met the No Child Left Behind testing goals. You can argue this federal mandate needs changed or thrown out, but you can't argue that fundamentally the eye test is not good.

We must do better. Our survival as a viable society depends on it.   One of the best school districts in the state - Oldham County - still had more than one out of every four students not ready for college or a career. In Bullitt and Spencer counties, seven out of every ten students are not ready.

Our potential workforce is already dwindling as families are having less children. It is imperative that more - not less - of those entering the workforce enter ready to compete in a global economy.

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