How sad to hear a leading expert on education recommend we condemn inner city children to an educational wasteland when there is an alternative. We've lived in several metropolitan regions around the country over the last 20 years. In every case, the school system of the central city has been in chaos and delivering substandard results for its students. Meanwhile, the suburban school districts achieve higher standards with less spending per student. When we lived in Omaha, the city schools made a play to forceably annex a suburban school system to get those students higher proficiency scores. They stopped when they realized they would be forced to either almost double the per student spending in the suburban district or reduce spending in the rest of the system to achieve parity.
Families with means can afford to escape a failing school system, either by private schools or by moving to a better school district. Meanwhile, poor families who value a good education are trapped with no option other than to keep praying for miracles that never come.
How cold and callous of Ms Ravitch to keep these poor families in their place rather than offer them hope for their children.