Krista Johnson, who covers education for The Montgomery Advertiser, did a recent story about the funding of schools in the Montgomery County public school system.

She looked at funding for the 2018-2019 school year.  The system includes both magnet nd traditional schools.  None of the magnets qualify for Title 1 Federal funding  because they do not meet the guidelines of at least 40 percent of students considered poverty.

And tucked away in the article was this sentence, “Nixon Elementary–where 83% of students were considered economically disadvantaged–received the largest level of federal funding, at $3,698 per student, compared to $507 per student at Forest Avenue Academic Magnet.”

Later, the article points out that at Forest Avenue, the PTA consistently touts a 100% participation rate among families and teachers.

A few years ago I asked the then principal at Nixon how many PTA members they had.  “One,” was her reply.


I have written article after article on this topic.  About how we too often throw money at classrooms in high-poverty schools and expect teachers to solve all their problems  I have said over and over that we don’t have “falling” schools, instead, we have “failing school communities.”

I even did an article about E. D. Nixon after it was picked for a pilot community school effort in Montgomery.

Unfortunately, Mike Sentance was picked to be the state school superintendent in 2016, he soon declared that the state would assume control of the Montgomery County system and the Nixon pilot program would be halted.  (Thank goodness it only took about one year for the state school board to figure out what a disaster Sentance was and they parted ways.)

There is no mystery involved in knowing how this all works.  We’ve known it for decades.  They mystery is trying to figure out why we will not do the things we know must be done.