Last evening, the lovely Mrs. Sneed and I attended a school musical starring the 2nd grade classes at our Aiden's school. Aiden was quite spectacular as a member of the chorus. Many in the audience thought the kid in the light green costume and cheetah mask carried things.
Aiden attends a public school on Hooterville's far southeast side. It is a district made up of young, upwardly mobile families. In education, family dynamics and family income drives student performance.
Of the sixteen schools that make up the district, twelve are labeled "excelling" by the state. That is the highest ranking on the state scale. No school in the district is below state standards for performance.
On the other hand, the woeful Hooterville Unified School District (HUSD) , ten times the size, has just three highly performing schools. Two in affluent parts of the district and one, the "special smart kid" magnet high school. The latter is only available through admissions testing.
HUSD is the district of last resort for the families of poor, the mobile and the dysfunctional.
In education money spent in the classroom cannot overcome the burden of being poor.
Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky