For the first time in more than 40 years, the majority of children in public schools in the South are poor, according to a report being released today.
Twenty years ago, Mississippi was the only state in the country with such a high percentage of poor public school students. Now, a majority of public school students are considered low-income in 14 states, including 11 in the South, the report by the Southern Education Foundation said...
The report found that 56 percent of Texas public school students were low-income in 2006, based on their eligibility for free or reduced school lunches. That's up from 49 percent in 2000.
I firmly believe the policies of public schools greatly contribute to this statistic. I've written about my own inquiry into why Pearland ISD eliminated accelerated classes at our neighborhood school this year. I believe the school district did this, in part, because it concluded the accelerated class didn't have enough students in the low socioeconomic demographic. In order to address this perceived inequity, I believe Pearland ISD simply decided to eliminate the more academically rigorous class. Consequently, parents who value academic rigor are forced to look elsewhere.
Someday I'll get around to writing about my conclusions, but suffice it to say that Junior Anti-Corruption now attends private school. Of the kids that started the 2006-2007 school year in my son's accelerated class, three have left Pearland ISD over policy differences.