Saturday, December 17, 2016
Why are Webb City, Carl Junction schools so far ahead of Joplin?
In his concise explanation, Lankford uses statistics dating back four decades and detailing the growth that has taken place in Webb City and Carl Junction, while Joplin has had a corresponding decrease, not even taking into consideration the effects of the May 22, 2011 tornado.
While everything Lankford says make sense and offers a reasonable explanation of the conditions that have enabled Joplin's neighboring school districts to move ahead, there is more to it than that.
What cannot be explained, and Lankford was not asked to explain it, is how Joplin was able to close that gap considerably in the years before the arrival of C. J. Huff. In fact, Lankford's explanation provides clear evidence that what was happening in Joplin before the Jeff Flowers/Mike Landis/Randy Steele/Anne Sharp boards of education did their level best to destroy it was truly remarkable.
I will be writing more about that later.