President Donald Trump’s administration has been criticized for trying to censor the public conversation around education, with many citing the fact that it is largely funded by the taxpayers.
But for those who live in Washington, D.C., it seems like a different story.
According to a new report by the nonprofit Education Next, many of the nation’s public schools are funded by taxpayer dollars.
The organization found that more than 60% of the districts funded by federal and state funds have been rated “underperforming,” meaning their students don’t perform up to the standards of what most states require.
That’s a significant number of schools that are considered in need of improvement.
“The numbers are staggering,” said Amy Jernigan, an Education Next analyst.
“There are over 20,000 public school districts that are rated ‘in need of improvements,'” and “about a third of those are in the District of Columbia.”
Many of the schools in the report were “under performing” because they didn’t meet the standards that the district requires to stay in the city, which has an enrollment of about 2.5 million.
Jernigans work for Education Next.
In one of her examples, she compared Washington D.c. schools to the nation as a whole.
The District of Colombia had one of the worst schools in terms of reading, according to the report, while Washington D tos had one the best schools in math.
“It really speaks to the quality of the school,” Jernigs told Education Next News.
“So many schools that we have that have been failing in the past, like in the case of Washington D, do not have any improvement in the next three years.”
The report, released Monday, also found that “only 12% of public school teachers nationwide report their highest grade point average at grade 10.”
This is the first time the report has measured the quality and extent of the teacher workforce.
In fact, nearly one-third of teachers in the U.S. are not even certified.
In Washington, the report found that the number of teachers working in non-unionized districts is higher than in other cities.
It also found, “the number of people who are unemployed in the United States is nearly four times higher than the number who are working full time, and more than two times higher in urban areas.”
In addition to the teacher shortage, the Education Next report found an issue of understaffing.
About 12.7 million teachers are employed across the country, but only 14% of teachers are full time.
This means that in addition to teaching, the Department of Education also requires teachers to work part time.
The department has said that its goal is to have 50% of all teachers working full-time by 2020, but the Education Department only plans to reach this goal with a few hundred more teachers in schools in 2020.
The report also noted that while teachers’ pay has increased over the last decade, the median teacher salary has decreased.
Jennigan said that despite these challenges, she thinks it’s important to remember that “if we don’t have teachers, the economy won’t be growing.”
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