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Public education’s biggest problem keeps getting worse. See larger version below Public education’s biggest problem just keeps getting worse.

Public education’s biggest problem keeps getting worse

No, it’s not “bad” teachers or “bad” students or “bad” parents or “bad” principals. It’s this, from this story by my colleague Lyndsey Layton: A majority of students in public schools throughout the American South and West are low-income for the first time in at least four decades, according to a new study that details a demographic shift with broad implications for the country. The analysis by the Southern Education Foundation, the nation’s oldest education philanthropy, is based on the number of students from preschool through 12th grade who were eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meals program in the 2010-11 school year. … Children from those low-income families dominated classrooms in 13 states in the South and the four Western states with the largest populations in 2011, researchers found.

34 problems with standardized tests. A picture of the scene in court on Aug. 12, where a judge heard a lawsuit by parents against education officials in Florida.

34 problems with standardized tests

This was drawn by Peyton Mears, an 11-year-old who was at the hearing to support the parents. The woman on the stand is a parent, Michelle Rhea. In March I wrote about a decision by three justices on a Florida appeals court that said that a standardized reading test is the best way to decide whether third-graders should move to fourth grade — not actual school work or grades. Untitled. Detroit’s public schools: Of rats and debts. SOME schools have black mould creeping up the walls; at others, mushrooms sprout from them.

Detroit’s public schools: Of rats and debts

At Palmer Park Preparatory Academy, pieces of the ceiling are falling on pupils’ heads while rats run around. Jerry L. White Centre High School has no heating. Western International High School does not have enough books for its pupils, who are crammed into classes of up to 45 children. One reason for this is that of the $7,450-per-pupil grant the school district will receive this year, $4,400 will be spent on debt servicing and benefits for retired teachers, according to the Citizens Research Council, a Michigan think-tank.

Average Daily Attendance and Wealth per Average Daily Attendance. A sobering look at what Betsy DeVos did to education in Michigan — and what she might do as secretary of education. Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of education pick.

A sobering look at what Betsy DeVos did to education in Michigan — and what she might do as secretary of education

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News) The people who best know the education advocacy work of Betsy DeVos, the billionaire tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be his education secretary, are in Michigan, where she has been involved in reform for decades. DeVos is a former Republican Party chairwoman in Michigan and chair of the pro-school-choice advocacy group American Federation for Children, and she has been a shining light to members of the movement to privatize public education by working to create programs and pass laws that require the use of public funds to pay for private school tuition in the form of vouchers and similar programs.

She has also been a force behind the spread of charter schools in Michigan, most of which have recorded student test scores in reading and math below the state average. FY2017 DPS Proposed Budget.