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