Opinion | A California Attempt to Repair the Crumbling Pillar of U.S. Education

A proposed ballot measure would make good schools a constitutional right.

California, Education

11/29/2021 9:15:00 PM

From WSJopinion: Public-school education has gone from bad to worse, writes andykessler. A proposed California ballot measure would make good schools a constitutional right.

A proposed ballot measure would make good schools a constitutional right.

Nov. 28, 2021 3:26 pm ETPublic-school education has gone from bad to worse. In the Chicago Public Schools, only 26% of 11th-graders were at grade level in reading and math in 2019. Remarkably, the school system had a record-high graduation rate of nearly 84% in 2021. Those students must have had strong senior years! This is why over half of first-year community-college students in the U.S. take at least one remedial course in reading or math. In the U.S., 43 million adults are illiterate. This is a disgrace.

In pre-pandemic California, only 32% of fourth-graders were at or above proficient for their grade in reading. Only 19% of eighth-grade Hispanics read at grade level, and only 10% of eighth-grade blacks did. Those who find disparate impact everywhere should be screaming from the rooftops that public education is racist. Instead, silence.

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