Vouchers, charters and black students in Pinellas
As yesterday's story noted, black residents in Pinellas are increasingly embracing vouchers, charters and other school choice options. The story noted that in every grade on the FCAT reading, math and science tests, black students in Pinellas score lower than black students in the 11 other biggest Florida districts. Click on the spreadsheet below to see the numbers.
As we've noted before, the other sub-groups in Pinellas also tend to lag behind their peers in the other big districts, but the numbers seem even more stark for black students. Frankly, we haven't crunched the numbers to see how they have changed over time, and whether black students in Pinellas are making gains at a faster clip than their peers. But in the meantime, here's a question that never gets answered: Why, on average, do black students in Pinellas do worse than black students in Miami-Dade, Duval, Orange, etc.?