This is an actual headline that was run in a major daily newspaper. The same major daily also calls it “the school from hell.”
Now ask yourself? What do you think the ethnic/racial makeup of the school is?
Would it surprise anyone that the school is listed as 0% white? The school is made up of blacks and Puerto Rican immigrants.
Would it surprise anyone that this school receives $17,108 per student, per year for funding? This places it among the most lavishly funded public schools in the entire nation, even though it is in an area dominated by welfare recipients. 87% of the students at the school qualify for free lunch. This means massive amounts of white taxdollars are being diverted from the white community to go to this school.
Kids hoot and yammer so loudly that their ruckus drowns out the teacher. A trash can is overturned in class and dumped. Grimy floors are littered with sunflower-seed shells, spit out by the hundreds.
Books and supplies fly out the windows. Mouse droppings are everywhere, even on the computers.
MS 344, the Academy of Collaborative Education in Harlem, is a hellhole where teachers should get combat pay — they are cursed, assaulted and sometimes groped.
“It was literally war,” said a teacher who once found a sticky used condom in her purse. “I was pushed, shoved, scratched, thrown against the wall, spit on and pickpocketed. I just wanted peace.”
The Department of Education has tried twice since last year to shut MS 344, the city’s worst-performing middle school. MS 344 has made the state’s list of “persistently dangerous” schools, and just two of 88 eighth-graders last year passed the state math or reading exams.
But the United Federation of Teachers and the NAACP went to court to block the closure and 21 others, arguing the DOE did nothing to fix the ailing schools. A Manhattan judge heard arguments last week and is expected to rule soon.