Poor-performing school districts need a heavy dose of accountability

The results are abysmal. San Francisco Public Schools published a new report showing terrible outcomes for its K-12 students and tragic disparities in educational outcomes among demographic groups. The report should fuel parents’ desire to know what is being taught in the classroom and how schools are spending precious taxpayer dollars.

Among all San Francisco public school students, only 47.2% of those exiting 8th grade were ready for high school; breaking it down by race, 47.4% of White students, 71% of Asian students, 15% of African American students, and 23.7% of Latino students met 8th grade readiness standards. Similarly poor performance and racial disparities were reported in reading, math, career preparedness, and other metrics.

It’s shocking but sadly not surprising, in the way that totally predictable outcomes always are. For the last two years, America has watched as schools across the country prioritized politics over education and shutdowns over students. Some of the most egregious examples have been in California, and notably in San Francisco.

While schools were closed and kids were stuck at home, the San Francisco School District prioritized politics over student performance, pursuing action to supposedly right racial inequality by way of tearing down emblems of the past. The city’s school board voted in January 2021 to remove the names of America’s leaders such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson from 44 of its schools. This followed an effort in 2019 to cover up a mural of Washington at a high school bearing his name.

The race-based politics didn’t stop at window dressing, though. The board also voted to replace a century-old merit-based admission system at one of the city’s magnet schools with a lottery system to address “pervasive systemic racism.” In their view, that “systemic racism” resulted in disproportionately low numbers of Black and Hispanic …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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