Does Gary Chartrand understand what the word realistic means?
He says: “We’re trying to be realistic and set realistic goals based on where each group is on their baseline,” said board Chairman Gary Chartrand, a Jacksonville businessman. “They’re starting in different places, you have to take that into account, it’s not discriminatory at all.”
He just doesn’t get it, it’s not race, it’s neighborhood that plays a disproportionate role in academic success and by missing that point he diminishes African Americans and our schools. He makes it worse when he says:
“Make no mistake about it, our goal is a 100 percent proficiency for everybody,” he said.
The state is targeting 2022 to meet that mark.