It has been clear for decades that the public schools in most major urban areas — all of which have been run by Democrats — have been failing badly at their primary task of educating children. Two recent stories underlined this failure.
First, in Baltimore a study found that not one student in twenty-three of the city’s schools was proficient in math.
Through an analysis of 150 Baltimore City Schools, 23 of them, including 10 high schools, eight elementary schools, three high schools and two middle schools, no students met math grade-level expectations, according to a report by Project Baltimore. Approximately 2,000 students took the state administered math exams that tested proficiency levels.
…An additional 20 schools in the district had no more than two students proficient in math, Project Baltimore reported. Another three schools in the district, which are for incarcerated students and students with disabilities, had no students that met grade-level expectations.
Essentially, just under one third of all of Baltimore’s public schools failed to teach any of their students math. Period. For any school system to accept this level of failure is beyond disgusting. Everyone who works for Baltimore’s schools should be canned, now.
Then, just days later, another story revealed that fifty-five of Chicago’s public schools were also totally incompetent at teaching math or reading, and should find other work.
In 55 Chicago Public Schools, not one student met grade level expectations in either math or reading during the 2021-2022 school year, according to a Wirepoints report.
Out of 649 Chicago Public Schools, 22 schools have zero students who met grade level expectations for reading while no students were proficient in math in 33 schools during the 2021-2022 school year, according to a Wirepoints report. The data analyzed is from the Illinois State Board of Education annual report which details how schools within the state are performing.
What is important about both stories is how totally unremarkable they are. Such stories have been reported over and over again for decades, not just in cities like Baltimore or Chicago, but in all the country’s major cities, from New York to Philadelphia to Detroit to Los Angeles to San Francisco. The Democrats who have controlled the local governments in these cities for decades have failed utterly in this most basic task of local government, even as these politicos succeeded wonderfully in funneling a lot of money to the incompetent union teachers and administrators at these schools.
Even more disturbing has been the utter disinterest in such stories for decades by parents in these cities. Their kids were not being educated, but still those parents in these cities continued to vote for Democrats to run the schools. Still they sent their kids there. And still for years they made no outcry when they found out their kids had learned nothing.
Something however changed as a result of the Wuhan panic….
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