Christina Scores

Graph compiled by BryanTodd

I think most of you have seen this graph.  It shows the relationship between poverty and test scores in the Christina District… Obviously test scores are superficial.  If you are unconcerned with surviving, meaning everything is handed you on a silver platter, you have time and opportunity to do well on this test… But when your day is filled and occupied with eat, sleep, and moving from one place to another, you do not have time or any brain power left to do well on these idiotic tests…  These test do not test what you know; they test  how you respond within the artificial environment the question sets for you… If you didn’t eat, if you didn’t sleep, you are not going to care what happens to a jalopy traveling west at 56.33 mph.

Above we see the four inner city schools at LI (Low Income) levels between 75 to 85 percent…..  What is “LI”.. how low is low income?

To most of us, we’d naturally assume this is based on all those who get free or reduced lunch… “Well “we say, “those levels are set fairly high and therefore though the percentages are large, they don’t represent THAT MANY poor people”… Because the last time we looked into it now years ago, that is what it was…  Some families making $30,000 to $40,000 and above might be eligible.

If you have been reading Delaware’s official news sources (Transparent Christina, Kilroy’s, and Exceptional Delaware) you already know this.. But for others just tuning in…..

Post 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National School Lunch Program included a Provision called the “Community Eligibility Provision” or CEP. Schools that elect CEP serve breakfast and lunch for free to all enrolled students. This would make it hard to determine low income status.

Delaware’s “Low income” designation is now determined by students who receive any one of the following benefits: TANF, SNAP (Direct Certification).  That is it..

So here is the chart for TANF……

Low income Delaware

And below is the chart for SNAP

Delaware SNAP levels

(You can enlarge both by clicking on the large thumbnails above.)

SNAP being the larger number means all those children of low income must fall below that level…. Delaware sets SNAP at the 130% of Federal Poverty Guideline..( FPG)

For a family of 4 that level is $2564 gross income… Actual take home would be near $2250.

For a family of 3 that level is $2144 gross income… Actual take home would be near $1950.

For 2…. $1705  with take home being near $1550.

For 2 spending $700 for housing drops you down to $850.  For 3, $1250. For 4…. $1550….

Per week what’s left…$216, $316, and $387 respectively…. And this is how 85% of these children live… Under this max….

That money goes to utilities, to food, to transportation, to school supplies… etc.

Now add to that crime, lack of adult supervision because the single parent has to work, endemic poverty in ones neighborhood, and one realizes there is no way any of these children can ever catchup to other children who have no such worries, on these tests…  Of course they have the same brain capacity… but who is going to tutor them?  Will all of you volunteer your time?

Furthermore, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty, … in Delaware 40% (78,513) of children live in low-income families (National: 44%),  Of these 47% (37,181) of children in low-income families have at least one parent who is employed full-time, year-round,,,32% (25,317) of children in low-income families have at least one parent who is employed either part-year or part-time…20% (16,015) of children in low-income families do not have an employed parent…

88% (17,692) of children whose parents do not have a high school degree live in low-income families. 60% (46,955) of children in low-income families live with a single parent,  56% (26,189) of all black children live in low-income families. 66% (17,613) of all Hispanic children live in low-income families.

43% (27,712) of children, under age 6, live in low-income families….  50% (16,785) of children of immigrant parents live in low-income families.  11% (8,647) of low-income children live in families with no parent present….

Get that? 6% of Delaware’s students do not have a parent present…… and just 1800 (of the 8,647)  would fill up the five schools at the right end of the chart… And that is what we are dealing with… Children whose challenge is to simply live, being forced to dance through hoop they can’t understand, to give businessmen the opportunity to cash in on their demise.

Please, please, please remember this when you see and hear corporate scum speak deprecatingly on these results… “Only 5% in some schools were proficient in math. that’s abominable”. Just image 85% of all those kids living on less than $200 a week with out parents….. and then fight to prevent anyone in that school from being held accountable for all those hungry working single moms only having $200 or less to spend each week…