The Houston Press has dedicated a lot of time and space to looking at Community Education Partners. Recently, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial Justice Program in New York City went into Atlanta, decided the CEP there was pretty much worthless and filed suit charging it with not educating any of the kids shoveled inside.
Creative Loafing Atlanta has done its own report entitled “Forest Hill Academy: The children left behind,” in which reporter Scott Freeman finds some of the same conditions in existence as the Press has written about in Houston. Students are warehoused with little real instruction going on. Most of the kids put inside the alternative facilities are minorities. Their test scores are lousy. And the ACLU calls it nothing more than a pathway to prison.
Much of the story goes into CEP’s background, which is intricately woven into the history of the Texas Miracle, No Child Left Behind, former HISD Superintendent Rod Paige and George W. Bush. – Margaret Downing
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.