It shows public education spending going through the roof, while test scores remain flat.
The cost of public education has indeed increased as shown.
My mistake was in assuming that the miserable flatlined test scores were accurate.
Here's why I was wrong:
In the Atlanta Public School system, the administration held "cheating parties", in which they met at a teacher's home to change test scores.
A similar thing happened in Pontiac, Michigan.
Here's more on the Atlanta mess:
Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students’ answer sheets.So. I humbly repent of publishing that chart so many times.
Area superintendents silenced whistle-blowers and rewarded subordinates who met academic goals by any means possible.
Superintendent Beverly Hall and her top aides ignored, buried, destroyed or altered complaints about misconduct, claimed ignorance of wrongdoing and accused naysayers of failing to believe in poor children’s ability to learn.
....For teachers, a culture of fear ensured the deception would continue.
“APS is run like the mob,” one teacher told investigators, saying she cheated because she feared retaliation if she didn’t.
The voluminous report names 178 educators, including 38 principals, as participants in cheating. More than 80 confessed. The investigators said they confirmed cheating in 44 of 56 schools they examined.
The chart is inaccurate.
Test scores have not remained flat despite the spending increases. If Michigan and Georgia are any indication of what's going on in government schools, test scores have declined.
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