Upon learning that RPS had some of the worst SOL math scores in Virginia, Maur
ice Henderson, the vice chairman and 5th District member of the RPS School Board, had the gall to tell Richmond Times Dispatch reporter Zachary Reid:
“There’s no alarm here ….There’s no news here. We’re headed in the right direction [...] My only concern is that we stay focused on the things that are broadly making our schools better and not get burdened with or wrapped up in this singular moment.”
Really? Some of the worst scores in Virginia? No alarm? No News?
How can Henderson honestly think that a 97 percent failure rate (only 3 percent passed) at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School is not news nor cause for alarm?
How can it not be news if only 7 percent of the kids at Henderson Middle School (a 93 percent failure rate) passed the test? The Capital City Program, located in Gilpin Court at a school once attended by tennis-great Arthur Ashe but now serves students with behavior issues, had a 4 percent pass rate.