He was the first high-profile guy in Louisville who had the courage to question Jefferson County Public Schools’ forced busing agenda and call out our failing school system. He was pretty loud about it.
And he sounded like he actually cared.
Guess who that was?
Yes! That’s Hal Heiner! And if you don’t like him because he’s a Republican or attends Southeast, well, get over it. I sure did.
This is a guy who would have at least tried to clean house at Van Hoose. Even better, he understands that Louisville’s economic engine depends on a public school system that actually educates kids.
This guy gets it.
Here’s a link to his family photo – just in case you’re one of those people who likes to throw the “r” word around when you want to insult someone who doesn’t like forced busing.
And the “r” word isn’t Republican.
Flashback! Superintendent Berman tag-teamed with then-mayoral candidate Greg Fischer to shame Heiner for having the unmitigated gall to make forced busing a campaign issue. When Heiner’s numbers spiked after he questioned forced busing, well, Fischer decided to promptly engage in the shocking and deplorable practice of “using our children for political purposes” after making this rather huffy statement to the press:
“My opponent is using our children for political purposes when he calls for scrapping the student assignment plan six weeks before the election,” Greg Fischer, (D), said. “I find that deplorable. There are improvements that need to be made to the student assignment plan. As mayor, I will work urgently with JCPS, the school board, parents, and the community so that our children receive the best possible education.”
Just click here to read the whole story at WAVE-3.com from September 21, 2011, in case you think I’m totally pulling your leg.
And here’s where Fischer pulled a 180 and decided to totally copycat Heiner:
I know. Pathetic.
Thank you, Southeast Christian Church blabbermouths for spilling the beans about Heiner’s teeny-tiny interest in the superintendent job! I like blabbermouths – they give me hope when I need it most.
A whole lot of us were hoping we could get a local person who doesn’t support forced busing. It would have been perfect. Heiner would have been a terrific superintendent because he would have fixed things!
The present members of the Jefferson County board of education are going to make sure that NEVER happens.
I have an idea! Let’s vote out Joe Hardesty, Larry Hujo and Stephen Imhoff next year.
Are you in?