ROUNDING THE GLOBE-Critical analysis of Boston Globe education coverage
Yesterday and today’s Globe and Times carred five interesting figures.
1) In yesterday’s NY Times, the JP Morgan Chase Co, took out a full-page ad announcing, under the Lenin-like banner of “The Way Forward,” it’s $325 million dollar fund to renovate and rebuild charter schools. Unfortunately ads don’t have links, but the initial story about this Morgan program was reported by the Times on May 3:
(Parenthetically, the blogger Michael Klonsky raises the provocative possibility that this generous gift actually comes from the taxpayers who provided the bank with dollops of bailout money).
2) The Globe reported today that 2933 students who flunked the science MCAS will not be receiving their diplomas
(Parenthetically, Christopher Anderson, head of the Mass High Tech Council, was quoted as saying he was pleased by the pass rate. We are informed that Mr. Anderson was previously a member of the Board of Ed, all part of the continuing inner-circle institutional game of “musical chairs.”)
3) In that same story, we learn that 69% of those who failed are special ed students and 12% are trying to learn English.
4) The Globe reported on another story on page 10: “More schools hit poverty threshold.” The central fact of the story is that the number of public schools with a poverty-stricken student body has increased over the past decade from 12% to 17%–and this before the recession. These students are less likely to graduate from high school or attend college if they do.
Five lonely facts, waiting like Godot, for someone at the Boston Globe to make a connection.