Frederick Douglass, one of the most recognizable figures of the anti-slavery movement, was born a slave before eventually working his way to freedom. He famously said, "Though conscious of the difficulty of learning without a teacher, I set out with high hope, and a fixed purpose, at whatever cost or trouble, to learn how to read." I wonder how he'd feel knowing that the Baltimore school that bears his name - Frederick Douglass High School - has precisely zero students who are proficient in math and English.
Regrettably, the school is not alone. Five other Baltimore schools have the same low-achieving distinction: Booker T. Washington Middle School, Achievement Academy at Harbor City, New Era Academy, Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High, and New Hope Academy.
According to MRCTV, "students are tested and scored on a scale of one through five, with a four or a five placing a student in the proficient category. At Frederick Douglass, for instance, 89 percent of students tested last year received the lowest possible score in math. Only one student received a three, which is 'approaching expectations.'” It's also important to note that Baltimore City Schools spend $16,000 on every single student per year, apparently to no avail. Since 1947, Baltimore has had one Republican mayor and ten Democratic mayors. In other words, for 64 of those 68 years, the city has been run (arguably into the ground) by Democrats. Democrats have had plenty of opportunity to operate most of America's largest cities, and their liberal policies simply do not work. In fact, they make urban problems worse. When will Democrats wake up and start voting for a change?
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