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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Public is losing faith in public education – Dhara

How frustrated are ordinary Americans with their public schools? We know it was important in the Virginia governor’s race. This played a part in Arizona’s new universal K-12 school choice law. We’ve seen Tennessee rapidly expand its charter school options. Is groundwell happening across the country?

A new Gallup poll shows there is a strong bipartisan lack of trust in public schools. Even among Democrats:

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It’s not just a thing. There has been a flood of news driving this trend. Even in red states.

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In Virginia, it wasn’t just CRT taught in schools. It was the 15-year-old daughter of Scott Smith who was sexually assaulted by a transgender student in a girl’s bathroom. And the district is trying to cover it up.

Virginia is a blue-leaning state. But there is support for the transgender movement even in red states. Last June the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, started a trend of sponsoring gender-transition closets in schools. The idea is that you come to school in clothes that your parents approve of. But then you change into another set of clothing to suit your preferred gender identity.

Florida’s public-school enrollment is now just 0.9% below their 2020 level

An obvious problem is that parents are not necessarily informed when schools install these closets. After all, if mom and dad were on board, the kids would have their favorite clothes at home, right? So, you have tax-funded employees who encourage minors to try on alternative gender identities without parental awareness. Seems like a form of grooming.

Yet it has spread elsewhere. Last week Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri, announced that it has approved $10,000 in funding from the It Gets Better Project to start the transition closet. The rationale behind this approach is that not confirming a child’s gender preference can lead to depression or suicidal ideation.

In addition to the issue of women’s safety — Scott Smith’s daughter — and fairness in sports issue, this approach ignores the reality that many children, if allowed to initiate the transition, would later disinfection, This is a potentially messy and challenging process. Early preventive actions come with long-term risks and are not always reversible. There is only so much plasticity in the body. (The stories of youth publicly regretting their transformation increase by the day.)

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broader issues

Going after parents on transgender or racist teaching is a piece of the bigger picture – there is a heightened sense that public schools have lost their way. Test scores are falling. Uncontrolled behavior and violence are on the rise. Teachers are calling in sick at high frequencies, planning to leave or retiring early. It is difficult to find alternatives. There is a shortage of bus drivers in the districts. On some routes are doubling, compulsion begins later on the school day.

When job openings are posted, they are going unfilled. This is happening in other industries as well, but teacher morale is particularly low. In 2016, 1.06 people were hired for every public-school job listing. Now it’s 0.59 – that’s about half the job openings No filled. In 2013, there were 557,320 substitute teachers. In 2020, it was just 415,510 – a 25% drop. Probably less for this coming fall.

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Take test scores for example. I-Ready Assessment tests students in reading and math three times per year. These tests are widely used at the K-8 level. In the fall of 2021, 38% of third graders were below grade level in reading. Historically, it is 31%. In mathematics, it was 39% below grade level. The historical average is 29%.

When the pandemic hit, wealthy students had more options. Emma Dorn, a researcher at McKinsey & Company, describes it as a “K-shaped” recovery. Children from wealthy families have made a good comeback. But the decline in low-income households continues.

Greater COVID restrictions? more damage

This combination of trends is causing a steady decline in enrollment away from public schools and toward charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling. New York City schools are forecasting an enrollment loss of 30,000 students for this fall — on top of last year’s loss. They are looking at the answers of 120,000 students lost in the last 5 years. Of course, some of that is family relocation: People are leaving New York City.

But a new analysis shows the loss of public schools across the country. By combining this data, Lauren Camera U.S. News and World Report It was found that the decline in enrollment was greatest in districts that remained away for longer periods of time. Districts with longer masks also saw a steep decline.

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Almost everyone saw a decline in 2020 compared to the previous fall. But after that, enrollment resumed in districts reopening for in-person learning. This decline continued in remote (online) living districts. The spread was important. Over a two-year period, it was a 4.4% drop for the longest-distant districts. For those who reopened too soon, it was just a 1.2% drop.

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Prevalence was higher at the kindergarten level: 6 percent (-8.1% to -2.1%).

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a biased difference

Republicans and Democrats differed on their level of approach to resume learning individually. The enrollment shift seems to have been reflected in the data. For the first academic year (2021), the drop in enrollment was similar, regardless of the 2020 voting pattern. But for the second year (2022), most districts that voted for Trump saw their nominations improve. But nominations continued to decline in districts that voted for Biden.

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How about the mask mandate? similar:

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How did Governor DeSantis do in Florida? He was one of the only governors to make strict bets on the reopening of schools and without masking. For 2021, Florida’s schools saw a 2.2% drop in enrollment, similar to other states, mostly returning to in-person learning. But for 2022, Florida saw a higher-than-average rebound. Florida’s public-school enrollment is now just 0.9% below their 2020 level – better than the 1.2% drop for other mostly in-person learning areas. You can expect this to be a big issue in 2022 and 2024.

Going back to that Gallup poll, ironically, Republicans have less confidence in public schools in general, but seem to have more confidence. their Public Schools.

Alex Chediak (PhD, UC Berkeley) is a professor and author finished in college (Tindale House, 2011), a roadmap for how students can best navigate the challenges of their college years. his latest book is Beating the College Date Trap, Learn more about him at www.alexchediak.com or follow him on Twitter (@chediak,

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