The public school system is under duress in the U.S. It appears that most major cities are watching the landscape of their public schools be decimated by lack of state funding, low attendance, and under-performing students.
Philadelphia’s public school system is the latest urban center to find there schools under attack. The city is set to close 37 schools, according to the New York Times. The students are not performing well on standardized tests or showing up for school. The buildings are dilapidated and they have problems with the infrastructure that affect lighting and plumbing. The report states:
“Nearly 80 percent of its 11th-grade students read below grade level in statewide tests this year, while 85 percent failed to make the grade in math. Last year, about only a quarter of its students participated in pre-college testing like the SAT.”
The 237-school district is facing $419 million in state cuts to “educational financing” this year. The problems in the district are dramatically affected by rising pension costs and, like other cities, an ability to live within the city’s means.
We are a credit nation. The U.S. is falling off a fiscal cliff, the cities are going belly up, and the people are taking the hit because instead of working with the funds that are available to the city and the nation, we put it on credit and now we’re seeing the effects. The average consumer should know exactly what this means because as you’re reading these words at least one of you is carrying a credit debt so high that every paycheck is written to someone else leaving little for food or necessities.
Over 1,100 teachers and 17,000 students will be affected by these school closings and the community is in an uproar! They don’t want their children bussed outside of their neighborhoods because they fear for “interneighborhood rivalries” as the city proposes to close the 37 schools, then merge all the students from those schools into the schools that are not being closed and in better shape.
Cities across the nation that are being affected by school closings include Chicago, Washington, and Detroit just to name a few. They may have to take a page out of Chicago’s latest playbook when they took their demands to the street! Read more here.