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Schools are often a major selling point at picturesque middle class neighborhoods out and suburbs but do higher property taxes really mean better schools that's the subject of a new documentary have been talking about.
I think most people want to believe that their children their education is being well taking care -- there is a certain.
Public lies they tell and then usually there's the truth people don't -- -- the real truth.
So what is the real truth our middle class children actually some of the most deprived -- -- is to -- is the director of education studies for Pacific research institute for public policy.
It is the preacher of a new documentary not as good as you think -- middle class school and that's what he's just paying interest right now from San Francisco good -- feeling it's.
Okay you know -- why is it for years we thought okay bad neighborhood.
Equals bad schools because according to your work.
Some really good neighborhoods have some really lousy schools.
Well I think that you're most Americans for years have understood that there and there are a lot of problems in our schools in the inner city.
I think and so that's why they save money they try and move up to the suburbs where they believe that that those schools are good.
And unfortunately what they failed to do is often look at that testing an achievement.
Results at those -- -- And what we found in our research is for example in California.
You have hundreds and hundreds of schools in these -- middle class suburbs.
Where that achievement of the students is actually quite well -- -- -- failing to achieve at the proficient level in English -- mathematics.
And so you're having lot of problems with these -- is going into college not prepared.
All right you're also featured in the documentary waiting for Superman.
Safety and -- part comes about halfway through that the -- the film.
Why is it.
That in the first since the suburbs around New York City people pay a lot in property tax and that thinking is we've been told by real estate agents you want to live here because we've got really good schools.
Why aren't the schools.
As good as they should be considering all the money were spent.
Well I think part of the reason is because.
Parents in those middle class suburbs.
Tend to think that because that real estate agent as you say has sold them on this neighborhood as claiming that the -- was a good that they then believe that and you know end up.
You know I'm not.
And taken an active interest in him really -- looking into whether the performance -- that's who matches the rhetoric and the sales job that they've been given.
And it turns out if you look at that performance of middle class -- across this country.
For example of the national assessment of educational progress amongst fourth graders non poor students.
Not majority of about fourth graders in this country perform below proficient on that national examination.
Yes I think that you know what middle class that parents need to do is to go beyond that failed speech and really look at the performance of their schools to make sure that their children getting the quality education can bet that mortgage payment is supposed to -- -- Fine we'll hear here but how we fix it.
-- do you agree with that way for Superman's premise that.
-- you really good schools out there and there are some they can fire bad teachers and that the school unions tenure policy is one of the -- being factors to.
Not working out so well.
It's -- I think Davis Guggenheim wasn't quite right to focus on who's the director of waiting for Superman was quite right to focus.
On these teacher -- -- contracts.
They're one of the big problems when it comes to.
That ensuring the quality of that instruction in the classroom.
In our research when we look at union contracts for example in California we found that.
Many of those contracts restricted that I evaluation of teachers and in -- and one Contra we saw in one middle class suburb.
That principle was not allowed to go into classroom unannounced.
And if he did announce that day he was gonna go into here she was gonna go into the classroom.
Two and view what the teacher was doing and he was only he or she was only allowed to be in there for four minutes.
Self -- and it's really important for people to understand that just because they live in -- middle class suburb.
That the teacher union country can be just as restrictive as any -- in in the city excellent points all right -- is -- from the Pacific research institute thank you sir for joining us today from synthesis.
Thank you so much.
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