Blocking reform

From the Huffington Post: Mike Piscal, founder of the very successful View Park Prep charter school in the low-income, minority Crenshaw District of LA names names in analyzing why 3,950 ninth graders at South LA’s four major high schools turn into 1,600 graduates, 900 college freshmen and 258 college graduates.

Some are quick to blame the lack of money, but these 62,000 school children are getting nearly $9,000 in public funds per student for a total of half a billion a year. Half a billion a year and the end result is 258 college graduates a year!!!

There are four special interests that have blocked, clogged, and undermined reform for decades. It is all about money, control, and power. It is diseased value system that leaves our kids uneducated, exposed to violence and drugs, and with too few or zero opportunities to pursue the American Dream. Who are the four? Emphatically, I name names: the teacher’s unions, the University Schools of Education, the bureaucracies, and (unbelievably) the PTAs.

That’s a 40 percent graduation rate; 6.5 percent of ninth graders go on to earn a college degree.

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  1. When he says, “Half a billion a year and the end result is 258 graduates a year!!!”, he is UNDERSTATING the issue. The $500 million he talks about only accounts for the cost through 12th grade.

    Also, though I have no idea whether it is the case in this particular instance, I have found that the figures given for annual education cost per student are almost always understated by a considerable amount. The long term costs (such as interest on the school bonds) are almost always not included.

  2. rkayn wrote:

    I have found that the figures given for annual education cost per student are almost always understated by a considerable amount.

    Even when taken at face value they understate the administrative cost portion of the per pupil, annual budget number.

  3. I still expect the shift to come where schools are measured on the basis of cost to produce a college-ready graduate.

    Some settings will come in as frightfully expensive.