Kyle Olson is outraged. The Camden, New Jersey school district has been a mess for years, despite a 14-to-1 student to teacher ratio and spending over $26,000 per student every year. The district’s graduation rate is under 50%. Only three Camden students who took the S.A.T. test last year scored as “college ready.” Twenty-five percent of 3rd graders were proficient in Language Arts Literacy – which is the fancy bureaucratic way of saying reading and writing. This all shows something is not working in Camden. EAGnews recently analyzed the district’s 2012-13 spending. One of many things that stuck out: nearly $24,000 was spent at bowling alleys and skating rinks. One might assume the district is paying for field trips and that could be justified in many people’s minds.
When we asked why the district spent money this way, in particular at a bowling alley, the district’s response? “Improve hand eye coordination.” Obviously there’s something wrong here, just like in New York City’s PS 106, where Principal Marcella Sills has been given a no-show job and where classes are the exception, not the rule. What’s the solution? Listen to the interview and find out.
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