Matt Bevin’s Ghost
Op-Ed published by The Courier-Journal
My first reaction to Bob Heleringer’s September 14th op-ed sticking up for racist school mascots was, “Who the hell is Bob Heleringer and why does he like to publicly embarrass himself?” Upon reading a little farther, I realized Mr. Heleringer is a Matt Bevin Republican devoted to bleating out recycled talking points from the Koch brothers that I debunked almost three years ago (“Columnist’s stance on JCPS is in step with right-wing attacks on public education,” Nov. 28, 2017). Mr. Heleringer doesn’t think much of the intelligence of The Courier-Journal readers if he expects to get away with such easily discredited claims.
Four years ago, our school system was in crisis. As a JCPS graduate and a JCPS parent, I could not sit and watch as incompetence, greed, and partisan politics destroyed the schools that made me who I am. Against long odds and with your help, we won the election in 2016. Now that we’ve righted the ship, we must keep Board Members who support Dr. Pollio and his push for transformative change that will make JCPS the model for education in urban America. To keep our momentum and continue fighting for exceptional schools, I ask for your support.
Chris Kolb played a key role in:
Hiring Dr. Marty Pollio, the best superintendent in the country.
Fighting off Matt Bevin’s vicious attempt to take over JCPS.
Reorganizing district administration to send students and teachers the resources they need.