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Heartbreaking Video Depicts Harsh Reality of Detroit Public Schools

by Katie Felber

January 19, 2016

A recent video posted by the American Federation of Teachers’ YouTube channel highlights the sad reality of life in Detroit’s public school system. 

According to results from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress tests held in the Detroit school district, nearly 96 percent of eighth graders are not proficient in mathematics and 93 percent are not proficient in reading. All this, despite the fact that the district’s operating expenses for 2014 totaled approximately $14,743 per student. 

In this video, school counselor Lakia Wilson takes us on a tour through the crumbling reality that is Spain Elementary School, and urges the government to increase funding so that these kids can obtain a similar education to their suburban counterparts.

Take a look:

The reality is a harsh one at Spain Elementary School. Students are forced to walk the halls during recess, because the gym is shut down due to mold and the outdoor playground emits burning steam—even during Detroit snowstorms. The students have no textbooks, and their performing arts program was cut two years ago, after the band teacher was laid off.

If you would like to help improve the education of these Detroit kids, go here and add your voice with the hashtag #SaveDetroitKids.

 

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Heartbreaking Video Depicts Harsh Reality of Detroit Public Schools