- More than 109,000 students are currently enrolled in New York’s 178 failing schools.
- 77 of these schools have been failing for a decade, with more than 250,000 students passing through these schools while New York State government has done nothing.
- Statewide, more than 9 out of 10 students in failing schools are minority or poor.
When I read those bullets my thought was how sad that those students are in such need and then anger that our Governor knows just how bad it is and he is choosing to eliminate hope and opportunity for them through his current and past education / budget policies. The third bullet says that 9 out of 10 students are living in poverty and instead of finding away to lift them up he smashes them down by not providing them with the education they deserve and need.
The telling moment for me though was clicking on the link to the full report and looking at the failing schools listed. Not one, not a single one is located in the North Country. Here for your view pleasure is the list of 17 school districts that contain all of the 178 identified failing schools.
1. None of the failing schools are in the North Country
- Using Governor Cuomo’s data tactics, this fact just simply does not exist nor do schools or students. Or, too freaking bad, take responsibility for yourself and move to a place that the Governor cares about, oh wait, I don’t think there is one?
2. 9 of the schools are located around NYC
- Using Governor Cuomo’s data tactics one would jump right to the conclusion that the North Country schools have greedily sucked up all the money and resources and left the Down State schools high and dry and we must correct that by now taking all of their resources away, after all, no one lives up there anyway
3. 8 of the schools are located on the NYS Thruway
- Using Governor Cuomo’s data tactics one would jump right to the conclusion that the Thruway is highly ineffective and needs to be gutted and left to rot and decay.
There is a lot of data available in this report. A lot of data that used properly could help our legislatures to formulate a plan to help these failing schools become vibrant and successful again. There will be no plan other than Governor Cuomo’s plan. He has told the teachers and the legislatures it is their fault and the answer to this problem is to starve all schools. That’s right, no money for any school, it does not matter if you are pouring out the best of the best, you get nothing. Actually, I think with the frozen foundation aid and GEA schools will be getting less than nothing.
Governor Cuomo looks into the camera, smiles and says whatever he wishes to say, whatever he thinks the group he is speaking to at the moment wants to hear. As soon as he turns away from that microphone, everything he just said is wiped clear from his memory because he is already planning on how to either appease or screw over the next group in line. He creates misery by eliminating standing programs and services and then rides in on his white horse to save that day and get a big pat on the back for solving a problem he created.
The State of New York’s Failing Schools 2015