- The Philadelphia School District, one of our nation’s biggest with 220 schools, has just 8—and by some counts just 7—certified, full-time librarians. Apparently, a handful of others juggle library responsibilities along with their teaching duties. Plus, of those 220 schools, only 40 even have a library.
One bright spot: Philly’s Bache-Martin Elementary School in the Fairmount section of the city, and all thanks to parent Tara Desmond who spearheaded a move to bring back the school’s library. Together with other parents and after countless fundraisers, they amassed $90,000 for a library that today boasts some 10,000 books and an online catalog, too. The kids and staff love it—no government involvement whatsoever!
- According to the U.S. Department of Education…
- 7 million students attend schools with police but no counselors.
- 3 million students are in schools with police but no nurses.
- 6 million students are in schools with police but no school psychologists.
- 10 million students are in schools with police but no social workers.
As headlined in Tulsa World, a “staggering” 30,000 Oklahoma teachers have quit teaching in the last six years
- Nearly 2 million kids are home-schooled across the country, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
- A recent study of 40,000 immigrant/English Language Learners found that those held back in 3rd grade not only learned English faster and better, they were able to later take more challenging courses. Countless states have now enacted “retention laws,” with Nevada and Michigan soon to follow. Nevertheless, the move is now on to dismantle those laws.
- At Texas’s East Austin College Prep charter school, raccoons and rats walk about, the roof leaks, and there is no student cafeteria. Nevertheless, it pays $900,000 a year in rent to its landlord and founder Southwest Key Programs, a so-called charity. Over the past 10 years, it has received $1.8 billion to run migrant shelters in tax dollars.
- Recently, Education Week found that 22 America public schools are named after U.S. senators or representative who signed the Southern Manifesto back in 1956 opposing school integration after the Brown vs. Brown 1954 Supreme Court decision. They were all Democrats, with Strom Thurmond switching sides in 1964. Among them: Senator J.W. Fulbright, as in Fulbright Scholarship fame, and Arkansas Representative Wilbur D. Mills.