Parents of students in Indianapolis school: Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy are continuing to defend their principle Brandon Crosby, who was recently suspended for the schools horrible test scores.
Eugene White, the Superintendent of the school district feels that although Crosby may have been a great principle and had a great rapport with the kids, the schools English and Match test scores were what he called “ridiculous.”
White’s reaction to the schools test scores echo’s the feeling of parents at schools across the country who are frustrated with their schools poor performance but many parents of students at Shortridge Magnet High School feel that Crosby is an unfair target.
Some students at Shortridge have been seen in recent days wearing duct tape on their mouths during class in support of Principle Crosby and Julia Buchanan, a student at Shortridge said “he’s built up our school and they’re taking him away for no reason”.
Suspended Too Soon?
Parents who have continued to support ousted Principle Crosby feel that he’s being treated as the scape goat and that the Governments own figures show that students at Shortridge have test scores that are better on average than other schools in the nation.
Superintendent White responded to parents criticism by saying that his decision to suspend Crosby was due to the internal test scores that the school had failed to meet.
While the test scores are Shortridge may be better than other schools in the nation this story does she light on the fact that test scores of students in the United States continue to be well below what they should be.
No decision has been reached yet to fire Principle Crosby and many parents in Indianapolis have promised to continue to support him until they learn his fate.
Six years ago a law was passed in Indiana that was supposed to expand benefits under Medicaid and provide free birth control to any mother who was considered to be low income and had given birth recently in the state. Like many other bills in Indianapolis and across the country, this bill was never implemented and seemingly forgotten about.
Many people who work in the healthcare industry in Indianapolis have said that the law would have resulted in fewer unplanned or unwanted pregnancies including fewer abortions.
The Statistics Don’t Lie
Indiana Planned Parenthood recently released a report which showed that almost 6,000 abortions were performed in Indiana in 2010. This figure is a two percent increase over the amount of abortions that were performed in 2009.
As is the case with many politicians around the country, State Senator Luke Kenley was unaware that the free birth control law was never activated because, the Family and Social Services Administration in Indiana never applied for the Federal Medicaid expansion funds that would provide the free birth control that was desperately needed.
Prevention Is Needed
Nationwide statistics show that there is a high probability that teenage girls who get pregnant will get pregnant again within two years. Having children so close together is a serious risk for any mother, not just teenage mothers. Medical experts agree that women who have children as close together as two years or less face serious health risks for themselves like premature labor and for their babies like low birth weight and longer hospital stays after the baby is born.
Many people within Indiana agree that state officials should implement the law as soon as possible. Mothers within Indianapolis and across the state should have access to free birth control because, this would help to lower the amount of unplanned or unwanted pregnancies, reduce the financial burdens on hospitals and so much more.