A public school in Chicago recently evidenced the very fine job we’re doing of educating our youths. Its deliciously satirical prom slogan was “This is Are Story.” Clearly, this is a rapier wit social commentary tidbit on the educational plight of the poorest members of inner city Chicago. Or it could have been a monumentally ham-headed typo. Yeah. That was probably it.
This is sad. Paul Robeson High School in Chicago, the “school” in question, has a pretty awful track record for graduation, and an even worse track record for education. Even the students that graduate haven’t learned anything (as the prom slogan clearly shows):
Paul Robeson High School is located in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. The high school also is part of the failing Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, system.
Four out of 10 CPS freshmen do not graduate.
If they do graduate, 91 percent have to take remediation courses in college because they do not know how to do basic math and school work. Just 26 percent of CPS high school students are college-ready, according to the ACT subject matter tests.
Wow, that’s sad. And the bar is already set so low these days. It’s not like students from even the best schools are all that impressive. But perhaps these students just need better teachers. Let’s give these underpaid teachers a raise, and then I’m sure things will improve. How much do teachers in the Chicago Public School system make on average?
The average CPS teacher salary is $76,000. The last contract negotiations in 2012 gave CPS teachers 17 percent raises over three years.
The median household income in Chicago is just $47,408. The disparity is worse in Englewood, a neighborhood where 23.6 percent of residents are unemployed and the average per capita income is $12,255.
That is gross. It’s yet another glaring example of how absolutely broken our education system is. No amount of money could fix it.