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NYC Has Second Highest Budget-Per-Pupil in U.S., Yet 80% of Grads Can’t Read

Maybe Mayor Bloomberg should take some time off from his war on big soda, and spend some effort fighting his city’s startling problem with illiteracy.

After all, how are NYC residents going to understand the legal limit for soft drink container size if they can’t read the labels on their beverages?

Fox Nation reports:

Recent City University of New York statistics reveal nearly 80 percent of the city’s high school graduates can’t read, according to CBS Local’s New York affiliate.

“[Graduates] had to relearn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses,” the researchers said. Meanwhile, city graduation rates aren’t anything to brag about. A study says the Big Apple only graduates 37 percent of black and Hispanic males — the lowest rate in the nation.

How is it possible that the education system is failing so miserably in one of the wealthiest and most liberal cities in the world? Looks like a case of epic failure in school management and budgetary policy.

Interestingly, New York City is second highest in the nation in tax dollars spent per student. They currently spend $18,618 per pupil annually in the city’s public school system. Yet four out of five can’t read by the time they finish high school.

Proves that throwing money at schools doesn’t automatically translate into better education. And it begs the question: What are they doing with all that money anyway?

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