Baltimore Ranks 2nd In the Country On Per Student School Spending – Despite This Obama Calls For ‘Massive Investment’ In School Reform
It seems obvious that something fundamental isn’t working in the inner cities of black America, and no matter how much money you throw, or how many black mayors, police commissioners, congressman, civil right leaders, pastors, attorney generals and chief executives you have residing in Washington…something is fundamentally wrong.
Urban enclaves that have been largely controlled for decades by progressive Democrats have failed miserably. Cities like Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Newark and Elizabeth to name just a few, have been ravaged by drugs and street gangs for decades despite the tens of millions of taxpayer dollars that have been poured into these urban war zones, in which any incident can easily ignite a race riot,, as witnessed recently in Baltimore.
And while Baltimore currently ranks 2nd in the nation in overall student funding, a staggering $15,483 per pupil per year, that didn’t stop President Obama from boldly requesting more money saying:
“Now, I’m under no illusion that out of this Congress we're going to get massive investments in urban communities, and so we’ll try to find areas where we can make a difference around school reform and around job training, and around some investments in infrastructure in these communities trying to attract new businesses in.”
In the 2012-2013 school year, according to the Department of Education, the city’s schools enrolled 84,747 students. But they also employed approximately 5,380 classroom teachers meaning they had a student-to-teacher ratio of 15.75 students per teacher.
In addition to the 5,380 classroom teachers, the Baltimore City Public Schools also employed 1,690 “instructional aides,” 422 “school administrators,” 482 “district administrators,” approximately 508 “school administrative support” personnel, approximately 628 “student support services” personnel, approximately 116 “guidance counselors,” approximately 86 “librarians” and “media specialists,” 75 “instructional coordinators and supervisors,” and approximately 1,150 workers.
And here’s the rub, what did the taxpayer get for their financial investment in Baltimore? Not very much, in that the graduation rate among high school seniors in Baltimore is only around 57% far less than the national average of 80%...once again something is fundamentally wrong in black America, and it isn’t a lack of money!
h/t: CNS News