The system in Wilkinsburg was all jacked up well before McFerrin took over, so the board could not blame him for a terrible system. That’s like blaming a coach who takes over a cellar dwelling team for continuing to lose. If nothing is changed, no matter who is brought in, things are going to remain the same.

On the other hand Penn Hills which has a high percentage of Black students, is considered to be one of the better school systems in the state and after building its two beautiful buildings things should be even better. What student or teacher doesn’t feel a certain sense of pride when entering a beautiful new building and knowing this is yours. And the parents as well–when they are paying taxes they can see something beautiful their money is going toward, instead of a run down dilapidated building.

Penn Hills, which was considered by many during the ‘70s to be the Atlanta of western Pennsylvania, can feel a sense of pride in what they have accomplished so far in its schools. Whereas Wilkinsburg has a whole lot of work to do to keep from being taken over by the state. But even if the state takes over, there’s no reason to think that these kids are going to receive a proper education because most are dropping out of school.

Hopefully something is done soon to help these students, who are currently a part of one of the worst school systems in the state, and country.

Is a quality education simply all about the Benjamins? The school system with the money educates their children whereas the one without it, which in most cases are the Black ones, do not. It’s beginning to look like the Blacker it becomes the less money is available? Why?

Congratulations go out to Rev. Glenn Grayson for being recognized by the White House for his work in stopping the violence. But not knocking Rev. Grayson, I think Tim Stevens also deserved that honor. He has probably done more than anyone or as much as anyone in the country in fighting street and domestic violence. The League of Women Voters did recognize him but I think the White House missed an opportunity. But with 15 of 20 homicides this year being Black, there’s a lot of work to be done.

Also congratulations go out to Officer Brenda Tate who recently retired from the Pittsburgh Police Department after serving more than 40 years. Wow. We are going to miss her.

Even though I wasn’t surprised by the Jordan Miles verdict, it still makes you wonder how could those White suburban jurors not ruled against the police officers even when it was obvious they beat this boy. Oh, well at least he got something from it in the $100,000 plus ruling for wrongful arrest. Since there was no gun, no drugs, no money found, I guess even these jurors could see he should have never been stopped let alone arrested.

(Ulish Carter is the managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)

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