And the 10 poorest school districts, which are more spread around:
1. Barbourville Independent School District, Kentucky
2. Monticello Independent School District, Kentucky
3. North Bolivar School District, Mississippi
4. West Bolivar School District, Mississippi
5. Santa Maria Independent School District, Texas
6. Hayti R-II School District, Missouri
7. New Boston Local School District, Ohio
8. San Perlita Independent School District, Texas
9. Pineville Independent School District, Kentucky
10. Centennial School District R-I, Colorado
Yes, it is all about location, location, location.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, all of the wealthiest school districts spend far more per pupil than the national average. The Darien, Connecicut, public school district spends $15,433 per student per year, more than 50% above the U.S. average of $10,591. The Edgemont, New York, public school spends more than $25,000 per student annually. Barbourville, Kentucky, the poorest school district, spends less than one-third that amount.
There are other factors too: parents who are both working long hours to make ends meet cannot spend as much time with their children as those who have the luxury of a stay-at-home parent; nor can they afford all those extras that are increasingly necessary in this time of budget shortfalls. And the 25% of children in the U.S. who are living in poverty probably don’t get enough to eat, which also hampers their ability to study.
So next time someone starts blaming teachers for all that’s wrong with education, remind them of this report.
In recent years, elected officials and policymaker have declared that there should be “no excuses” for schools with low test scores. The “no excuses” reformers maintain that all children can attain academic proficiency without regard to poverty, disability, or other conditions, and that someone must be held accountable if they do not. That someone is invariably their teachers.
This is clearly false reasoning.
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