Stop accepting minimally adequate education for our black and brown children

By Cheryl Kirk

As a parent of three African American children, I am outraged, saddened and angered by the decision handed down by the Connecticut Supreme Court. In case you missed it, here is an excerpt from The Connecticut Supreme Court:

Once a determination of minimal adequacy has been made, courts simply are not in a position to determine whether schools in poorer districts would be better off expending scarce additional resources on more teachers, more computers, more books, more technical staff, more meals, more guidance counselors, more health care, more English instruction, greater pre-school availability, or some other resource,” the majority opinion said. “Such judgments are quintessentially legislative in nature.

I can’t help but think what is minimal adequacy? Is it children in a school building with inadequate heating? Is it the school doors being open 182 days yet children failing state standardized test every year or graduating students from high school not prepared for college or the workforce? 

The children of Connecticut need a Chance the Rapper! He is tirelessly working to bring awareness to the educational gaps and lack of programs for children in his hometown of Chicago. 

The truth is you don’t have to be Chance The Rapper. Anyone can go to city council meetings, start a funding raising campaign like collecting box tops for programs needed. Work with school leaders to identify what is needed most. It doesn’t have to be for your city; it can be for your child’s school or class. Nothing is too small. If you have touched one child, you have made a difference. Anyone can be their school or city’s Chance The Rapper 

Although I live in Indiana where education reform for poor and minority children is changing for the better each day, I understand the Supreme Court ruling in Connecticut could change that overnight for those children. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We have to be the Chance the Rapper for our children and stop accepting minimally adequate education for our black and brown children.