Friday, June 11, 2010

Dallas Independent School District suffering from "Black Flight"

A recent piece in the Dallas Morning News has created a bit o' controversy. 
Remember the "white flight" of the 1970's and 80's, when white families left the cities by the dumpster-load, creating boomtowns out of sleepy little hamlets like Aledo, Colleyville, Weatherford, etc.? 
Many of these refugees were accused of being racists. 
Well, it ain't necessarily so. 

The Dallas Independent School District is now experiencing "black flight". 

The number of black children attending DISD schools has reached its lowest point since 1965.

I repeat....

The number of black children attending DISD schools has reached its lowest point since 1965.

Where are they going?  Charter schools.  Private academies.  And, of course, the suburbs

Today, about 41,000 black students attend DISD schools. They make up 26 percent of the district compared with 106,000 Hispanic children, or 68 percent. White students are 5 percent of the district.

Wow.  What could be going wrong?  Here are a couple of charts from The Cato Institute.  This one shows enrollment from 1970 to 2010, as compared to school employees from 1970 to 2010.


Hey, it takes a lot of employees to run off that many customers. 

Here's another one showing the spending per student vs the reading, math, and science scores:


Is there anyone, anyone at all, who can justify keeping this system going instead of privatizing the whole thing?  Or at least offering a voucher system for those who can't afford to get out? 

Does the United States really need another Aledo or Colleyville? 

5 comments:

Harper said...

Did you see the Dallas Morning News article about the "Diplomas Count" study, naming DISD as one of the 25 "dropout epicenters" in the nation? Privatize, voucherize (I made that up!), quit assuming that politicians know how to educate. There are successful charters, but they aren't funded at the same level - and they tend to be overshadowed by the Winfree Academies of the world.

Of course, there is a whole other argument tying our welfare/public assistance systems to education. If we took away the free rides, people would have a need/desire to become educated. If they don't want to get an education, why should I continue funding public schools and all of their drop out prevention programs?

Anonymous said...

Sooooo. . . .
Is the MSM going to make racist remarks concerning the "black flight", the same way they did the "white flight"?

(chirp-chirp-chirp-) Just waiting . . .

B Woodman
III-per

Nick Rowe said...

They're all RACISTS!

The Whited Sepulchre said...

Harper,
I heard something about it on one of the music radio stations, but didn't get the whole thing.
I don't believe ANYBODY has an answer to your last sentence.

ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

"If they don't want to get an education, why should I continue funding public schools and all of their drop out prevention programs?"

The answer is the gov't is getting an enormous bang for their/your buck. You must understand that "education" is NOT the objective. The objectives are: 1) provide lucre for a large collectivist constituancy (unionized public employees) and 2) Indoctrinated robots who will vote the straight collectivist ticket.

It's a win/win for our rulers.