According to a New York State Department of Education report, 178 schools in the state are failing due to extremely low graduation rates and test scores, and 91 of those schools are located in New York City.
Many parents across the state have been left with feelings of anger and disappointment. They say if it’s not okay for their child to receive a failing grade, the same should apply for their child’s school.
Failing schools in NYC graduate an average of fewer than half of their students, with fewer than 1 in 10 of their students being proficient in English or math. The report went on to say that over 90% of the students who attend these failing schools are minorities or indigent.
“The quality of the education is not good at all,” agreed Nina Doster, a Queens community organizer and parent of three city school kids. “Our children are being forced into these schools year after year. Education needs to be improved. Every child deserves a quality education.”
According to the report, the failing schools are in trouble despite an increase in state funding over the last four years. The increase reached an average of 13.8%.
Across the state, 178 schools serving around 110,000 students were labeled as failing, with 37 schools outside of NYC cited for educational disappointment over the past 10 years. All of the over 250,000 students who have attended these failing schools in the past 10 years were denied “access to the high-quality public education that they deserved,” according to the report.
Despite the news, 90% of teachers in the state were still rated as effective or highly effective. However, District 16 in Bed-Stuy beat out Crown Heights and Central Harlem as having worst rated teachers in the city, causing an increase in the strained relationship between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
In order to remove ineffective teachers, Cuomo proposed an initiative that would see state funding for schools increase by $1.1 billion. If lawmakers do not approve the plan, schools would only receive $377 million from the state.
Devora Kaye, spokeswoman for the city Education Department, said NYC is already working on helping these failing schools.
“Our intensive Renewal School program brings extended-day learning, community-school services, and individualized instructional and operational resources to turn our struggling schools into thriving schools,” said Kaye.
Of the NYC-area schools in the report, 18 were slated to be closed while 52 were set to become part of the Renewal School Program, writes Ben Chapman for The Daily News.
The issue of failing schools across the state is expected to continue next week at the state capital with a rally by Cuomo’s supporters the same day as another event planned by teachers unions that oppose the Governor’s plan.