A new report from brightbream, which bills itself as “nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and a brighter future for every child,” claims that schools in politically conservative cities do a better job of educating children from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups than cities that are considered politically progressive.
The study analyzed data from 12 conservative cities (such as Oklahoma City, Virginia Beach, and Jacksonville) and compared it to the data from 12 liberal cities (such as San Francisco, Washington, and Seattle) and finds the progressive cities have, on average, a 15.1 point math achievement gap for Black students and a 13.5 percent reading achievement gap for Black students.The study analyzed data from 12 conservative cities (such as Oklahoma City, Virginia Beach, and Jacksonville) and compared it to the data from 12 liberal cities
In one progressive city – San Francisco – the most progressive city in the United States, according to the report, there is an astounding 58-point achievement gap between White and Black students in mathematics. While 70 percent of White students in the city are proficient in the subject, just 12 percent of Black students are.
“Our results demonstrate that there is a negative difference between our most progressive and most conservative cities, and it can’t be explained away by factors such as city size, racial demographics, spending, poverty or income inequality,” the report states. “In cities where most of the residents identify as political progressives, educational outcomes for marginalized children lag at a greater rate than other cities.”
The report urges the progressive cities to give students from underrepresented racial and ethnic more opportunities to attend charter schools. “If progressives really want to improve education outcomes for minority students, the easiest way to do that would be to allow minority parents the opportunity to remove their children from public schools that fail to educate them and to place them in an environment where they can actually acquire a meaningful, useful education,” the report says.
The full report, The Secret Shame: How America’s Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunity for All, may be downloaded here.