These charts were compiled from the News Journal’s printing of the data. The pictures show the rankings of both charter schools and public school districts by their poverty levels. Some may say it is unfair to rate a district of many schools side by side with charters consisting of one. They may be right, but I was highly curious as to how charters stood when comparing scores to poverty levels, that for my benefit I included them.
It is rather apparent with a casual glance that poverty plays a big part in these scores. Remarkably the highest scoring units tend to have very low levels of those considered poor. There are some exceptions both ways, and praise or accountability needs to be extended to those parties who fall in either camp.
The most shocking take from all this for me at least, are the sheer numbers of kids listed in poverty. Particularly downstate, the shockingly high percentages are unbelievable. One hears that numbers of the poor are increasing but that news seems so far away. I guess those who don’t have children are the ones who are bringing up the average?
Are our children really growing up in schools where 3 out of 4, or 4 out of 5, live in poverty? We used to call that a ghetto. We now call it western Sussex County. Seeing these figures, it is outrageous that any rational human being would dare submit or vote to approve of any type of tax break for the wealthy.
To do so is immoral. outrageous, and a sin against God.