Revolver News reported on the viral video featuring Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. Several students toured viewers throughout the campus, which includes "a 'fresh market' cafeteria, [a] massive [swimming] pool, a state of the art gym, [an] in-house radio station and a yearbook facility that makes the New York Times look mediocre."
The piece described the pristine-looking campus that had "no graffiti on the walls, no dilapidated lockers and no litter to be found," highlighting how Carmel High "looks like the perfect place to get a great education."
Incidentally, the clean and organized-looking campus of Carmel High – a part of the Carmel Clay Schools – was achieved without needing a lot of funds. According to school comparison website SchoolDigger, the high school only spends $9,629 per student. The site also ranked Carmel High as No. 5 among 397 schools in the Hoosier State.
"It's remarkable that Carmel [High] successfully created a pristine and safe environment for kids to learn and keep their bodies toned and healthy, and did it all for less than the U.S. average cost per student," said the Revolver News piece.
Based on data showing the average cost per student in all 50 states, the state of Indiana – led by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb – only shelled out $10,300 per student. Most GOP-led states also spent minimal amounts per student, with Idaho and Utah being the two lowest spenders per student.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania – led by Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro – shelled out the largest amount per student at $24,900. Washington, D.C. tailed behind at $22,800, while New Jersey landed at the No. 3 spot with $21,300 spent per student.
A September 2022 report by NBC 4 revealed that schools in the federal capital were experiencing a "dramatic decline" in student learning since the pandemic began.
Based on assessment results released by the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), there was a decline in math and reading scores across the board. Dr. Christina Grant, superintendent of D.C. Public Schools, said: "We saw declines across all eight wards, and we saw more declines in the elementary school grades than we did in the higher grades."
According to Grant, math scores for students testing at grade level dropped from 31 percent in 2019 to 19 percent in 2022. A slight drop was observed in reading scores for students testing at grade level. From 37 percent in 2019, it dropped to 31 percent in 2022.
Even worse were the results of the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP), which were released this month by the Maryland State Department of Education. It found several Baltimore schools where not a single student was proficient in math at grade level. Moreover, it found that only seven percent of children in the third to eighth grades tested proficient in math.
Project Baltimore, the investigative reporting group of Baltimore channel FOX 45, further combed through the scores of all 150 Baltimore City Public Schools where the MCAP math test was given. It discovered that 23 schools in the city had zero students who tested proficient in math. Of the 23 schools – there were 10 high schools, eight elementary schools, three middle and high schools and two elementary and middle schools.
It is worth noting that Baltimore spends $15,900 per student. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. spends $22,800 per student. Thus, the reports of students failing to pass standard assessment examinations come as a surprise. (Related: Public schools are collapsing fast as teacher says they are now indoctrination centers, not places of education.)
The Revolver News piece pointed out: "But how can that happen with such a large per- student budget? Where is the money going? Parents must demand an audit so they can see where the money is going because clearly it's not being spent to properly educate their kids."
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