It appears that many students in MPS are repeating grades…
As of September 25, Milwaukee Public Schools had 9,000 students in ninth grade. Freshmen. Kids who are usually 14, going on 15 years old.
3,000 of those ninth graders were in ninth grade for at least the second time.
636 of those ninth graders were at least 17 years old. That’s right. 7% of the ninth graders are at least three years “behind” in school. (The discussion in the Journal Sentinel says that they’re two years behind. But I can do math. 17 minus the typical age of 14 at the beginning of the school year in September is 3 years.)
Of the 636 who are so far behind, 64% are boys.
Of the 636 who are so far behind, 30% have been labeled “special needs”.
The best part about this report… The Journal Sentinel says that “several major attempts to improve success at the eighth- and ninth-grade levels have not yielded dramatic improvement.”
Apparently the billions that we’ve been pumping into public education haven’t been too effective. Clearly, money is not the answer.
And they wonder why School Choice is so important.