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Miami, Tampa Lead 26 Urban School Districts

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Mark Schulte By Tuesday, 15 November 2022 08:36 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Ron DeSantis is the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win Miami-Dade County since Jeb Bush accomplished this electoral breakthrough in 2002. Gov. DeSantis trounced Charlie Crist, 56% to 44%, in Florida’s most populous county with 2,663,000 residents.

A major explanation for this noteworthy victory can be found in the 2022 “Nation's Report Card,” which was released two weeks before Election Day, and which tests 4th and 8th graders in reading and math in the 50 states, and in 26 of the largest urban public-school districts.

Miami-Dade County ranks No. 1 with 1001 total points on the “Trial Urban District Assessment,” or TUDA, which is only 8 fewer than its pre-COVID total in 2019.

Hillsborough County Public Schools, centered around Tampa, ranks second with 995 points, also 8 points fewer than its score three years earlier.

The average score for the 26 TUDA districts is 957, which is an unprecedented 19-point loss from 976 on the 2019 “Nation's Report Card.”

Since roughly 12 points equals one year of educational progress, Miami-Dade’s top score of 1001 exceeds the average of the 26 districts by 44 points, or a very significant 3.7 years.

Unlike the superb results in Miami-Dade and Hillsborough, North Carolina’s Democratic-controlled Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, which was ranked No. 1 in 2019 with 1,020 points, plunged by a catastrophic 35 points this year, to 985, and to a No. 5 ranking.

Five of the nation’s 10 most populous school districts — New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Clark County (Las Vegas), and Houston — had atrocious results on this year’s TUDA. Miami-Dade ranks No. 3 in enrollment, and Hillsborough is No. 7.

Eighth-ranked New York City scored 958 total points, a 12-point drop since the last four exams in 2019, and 43 points, or 3.6 years, behind Miami-Dade’s score.

Los Angeles Unified School District’s is ranked No. 14, with a total of 946, but an anomalous 8 points higher than in 2019. On Oct. 23, 2022, the LAUSD issued an Orwellian press release boasting about this “success.”

But in real-life America outside Hollywood, Los Angeles public schools lag by a cataclysmic 55 points, or 4.6 academic years, behind Miami-Dade’s 1,001 points.

America’s fourth largest, but rapidly shrinking, district is No. 16 Chicago, at 941 points, a horrendous 27 points lower the 968 in 2019. This typical Democratic urban dystopia is an abominable 60 points, or five years, behind Miami-Dade’s total.

No wonder the Windy City’s public-school enrollment has crashed from 403,000 in 2012-13, to 322,000 in 2022-23, or by 20%.

Nevada’s No. 10 Clark County, has a total score this year of 956, or 23 points lower than in the previous assessment, and 45 points lower than Miami-Dade’s total.

Houston’s public schools are tied with Chicago’s at 941 points, or 21 fewer than in 2019. They also lag by a stupendous 60 points, behind Miami’s 1001.

Six other Democratic dysfunctional cities — Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Shelby County (Memphis), Cleveland and Detroit v have totally bankrupt schools, with scores ranging from 898 to 835 total points, or 8.9 to 14.2 years behind Miami-Dade’s top score.

By contrast, a third Florida district, Duval County, almost entirely in Jacksonville, ranks No. 6 with a total score of 979. But this is an unacceptable 19 points lower than 2019.

Also on Nov. 8, Gov. DeSantis handily won Hillsborough and Duval counties.

Significantly, student demographics in Miami-Dade and Los Angeles County are very similar. Miami-Dade students are 74% Hispanic; 18% Black; 6% White; and 1% Asian.

Los Angeles students are 72% Hispanic; 12% White; 8% Asian; and 6% Black.

The average score of Hispanic 4th and 8th graders in Miami-Dade is an excellent 1,005 points. But Hispanic students in Los Angeles scored a 916, or a mind-boggling 89 points, or 7.4 years, behind their counterparts in Miami-Dade.

Black students in Miami-Dade scored 950, or 35 points higher, or 2.9 years, than the 915 of their counterparts in Los Angeles County schools.

White students in Miami-Dade totaled 1,077 points, and 1,056 in Los Angeles. Asian students in Los Angeles scored 1,078.

In conclusion, 20 of the 26 urban districts performed abysmally on the 2022 “Nation’s Report Card.”

Conversely, three of the six top-scoring districts are in Florida, whose savvy voters just gave Republican Gov. DeSantis an overwhelming mandate to continue the mega-populated state’s successful policies in K-12 public education.

The major reason that Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Duval counties performed admirably is the governor’s courageous decision in July 2020, during the early months of the COVID epidemic, to reopen Florida schools in August 2020 for five-day, in-person learning.

The second reason is that teachers, administrators and politicians, in Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Duval counties, are properly focused on educating students in key subjects, including math, English, reading, science and history.

They are not possessed by the pernicious ideologies of the Radical Left, which are rampant in many Democratic-run metro areas, and which include White Privilege, America’s Systemic Racism, Critical-Race Theory, Transgenderism, and the New York Times’ 1619 Project.

Mark Schulte is a retired New York City schoolteacher and mathematician who has written extensively about science and the history of science. Read Mark Schulte's Reports — More Here.

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Ron DeSantis is the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win Miami-Dade County since Jeb Bush accomplished this electoral breakthrough in 2002. Gov. DeSantis trounced Charlie Crist, 56% to 44%, in Florida's most populous county with 2,663,000 residents.A major...
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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 08:36 AM
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