A total of seventeen Washington County elementary and middle schools failed to meet state requirements in either math or reading testing this past school year. Washington County has a total of 32 elementary and middle schools. This means over half are failing to adequately teach math and reading.
Of these two subjects, failing to teach kids to read is the worst. If you can read, you can learn. Not teaching children to read makes it harder for them to learn anything else.
Considering how bad our schools are doing teaching children, perhaps the Washington County Board of Education (BoE) should have used that federal Race to the Top money on something else instead of using it to give every employee a $500 Christmas bonus. Speaking of money, perhaps they aren’t paying the BoE superintendent enough money. Former BoE Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan made only $182,905 a year. Her replacement, Clayton M. Wilcox, makes only $180,000 a year.
Clearly, this isn’t enough money.