California Is Being Sued Because So Few Of Their Public School Children Can Read

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At one elementary school in California, 96 percent of the students are not proficient in either English or math.  How is that even possible?  Unfortunately, the more the federal government gets involved in education, the worse it seems to get.  At one time the United States had the greatest system of public education on the entire planet, but these days we only seem to make headlines when news comes out about how poorly we are doing.  This has been a hot button issue for me for a long time, but even I was surprised when I learned that the state of California is actually being sued because so few of their public school children can read…


A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools sued California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of schoolchildren who do not know how to read.

The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to demand the California Department of Education address its “literacy crisis.” The state has not followed suggestions from its own report on the problem five years ago, the lawsuit said.

So exactly how bad is this “literacy crisis”?

Well, according to this lawsuit less than 50 percent of all third, fourth and fifth grade students in the state of California meet minimum standards for literacy…

English assessments found less than half of California students from third grade to fifth grade have met statewide literacy standards since 2015. Both traditional and charter schools are failing, Rosenbaum said.

Of the 26 lowest-performing districts in the nation, 11 are in California, according to the lawsuit. Texas, the largest state after California, has only one district among the 26.

If we want our nation to have a positive future, we must do something about this.

We desperately need to start raising our standards.  These days, virtually all testing consists of either multiple choice, true/false or fill in the blank questions.  Instead of teaching our kids how to think, we are training them how to regurgitate answers, and that is the wrong approach.

I believe that we need to throw out Common Core all across the country and return to the basics.  Our young people need to learn how to communicate, and so I would love to see a renewed focus on reading, writing and speaking.

In addition, we need to start training our young people for the careers of tomorrow.  I believe that we need an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math, because we are starting to fall behind other nations.  In particular, India and China combined are now pumping out 12 times as many engineering graduates each year as we are, and that is a major problem.

For those that are not bound for college, we need to make cutting edge vocational training available for them.  Every high school student should be ready to enter the workforce after graduation, and today that simply is not happening.

As a member of Congress, I will fight to fix our deeply broken system of education, and if you believe in what I am trying to do I hope that you will join the team.  I very much agree with Charlotte Iserbyt’s prescription for our schools in “The Deliberate Dumbing Down Of America”, and if you have not read that book yet you definitely should.

Doing nothing is simply not an option, because our children and our grandchildren are literally the future of this nation.  We can do so much better than this, but first we must admit that what we are doing right now is definitely not working.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on

  • Werner

    “96 percent of the students are not proficient in either English or math. How is that even possible?” ALL ILLEGALS

    “At one time the United States had the greatest system of public education on the entire planet”
    If that is true then why did the Allies take thousands of German scientists after WW2?

    • marlene

      SPOT ON, Werner!

    • Paul Patriot

      Spot on, but the liberal progressive lunatics will not like that truth, as open borders, “coexisting”, and destroying our heritage and national identity is what they are advocate.

      They are so blind, they are unable to see the problem, and thus keep allowing politicians like feinstein, pelosi, etc to reign supreme.

      Watch mark Hitchcock on YouTube interview people in SoCal and you can witness the results of decades of liberal progressivism and decades of propaganda and drinking of the koolaide, and begin to understand why commiefornia is in the condition its in.

      To answer your second comment/question, one must read about what happened in the early 20th century when john Dewey invaded the education system, and also when globalist revisionist, began their revision oif history in the school books…..the rest as they say is history.

    • George W Hill Jr

      wow that must be one tough test …4 % is just luck it is closer to 100%

    • California – and America – cannot fix the education system without recognizing that most black/brown students are not capable of learning beyond the low level they’ve demonstrated for decades. They’re also not capable of obeying the law beyond the low level they’ve demonstrated for decades.

      The current environment of toxic left-wing antiwhitism is a testament to the failure of racist liberals/Marxists/progressives to socially engineer non-white achievement.

  • DJohn1

    Bad education is one of my pet peeves also.
    The very first thing a child needs is the ability to remember. Memory experts now know that accessing what you have learned can be done with imaging. Human memory is in pictures. The more picture access you have the better.
    The results are often remarkable. Kids memorizing things like the declaration of independence. All of it done with the taught ability to remember what you have learned! Teaching an accessible file system in memory is the key.
    The ones that can remember become your professionals and earn loads of money.
    We need to the have the right to challenge out of courses. Nothing is more boring than to sit through a class of things you are all ready proficient in.
    Yet challenging out of classes and getting credit for them is almost unheard of here. Often they make money by babysitting kids rather than teaching them properly.
    Please do not get me wrong. I love the subjects of History, English literature, and many other subjects. What I do not like is the impractical approach.
    How many know the dirt on our very own “patriots” from American History? If teachers taught real history they would be fired. Lincoln was no saint. He destroyed newspapers that exposed his faults. Neither was Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and many others.
    I worked at a daily newspaper for 41 years and I saw a lot of things in that time.
    When a student does get out of high school he or she has no skills to sell to the world. Welcome to Walmart and McDonalds.
    That is if they do not come to the attention of the rich and powerful.
    That can of worms is only now beginning to come out against both political parties.
    Isn’t it wonderful that we are represented by a degenerate.
    No wonder abortion is common. No wonder congress tries to pay off the victims.
    I was taught a trade in high school at a vocational school. When I got out of the Air Force I applied for an apprenticeship and got it.
    I made more money than many college graduates.
    My mother added up her groceries in her head and she was within a dollar. Sales taxes were not really calculated. She was in her mid 80s when she was doing that.
    She lived in England during World War II. They immigrated here in 1948.
    My parents were readers. They read books all their lives and I followed in their footsteps.
    I eventually did some college to get a real estate license.
    Another thing about public education it teaches prison type behavior as you are given little if any freedom for 12 years of growing up.
    How do you expect people to lead if they have been taught to be sheep all their early years?
    I suggest they go back to 10 kids in a class and a lot of individual attention.
    That means each child gets personal attention and corrects errors before they become serious. It means no child is lost because they cannot keep up with the rest of the group. That means individual tuition when ever it becomes necessary and treating each child as a special individual with their own special talents and needs. That is a lot more expensive than group education where half the kids fail even if they are passed from grade to grade(that is the disgrace).
    Assembly line teaching does not work.

  • marlene

    It’s probably an act of futility because the global agenda is to dumb down the next generation so they won’t be able to read their digital bank cards – or the Constitution, should any of them escape into the realm of cognitive thinking and want to give it a shot.

    • iris

      Yes, and another goal they have which is coming closer to being fulfilled, is the destruction of the nuclear family.

  • Cranford Ducain

    The U S Department of Education’s main function is to hand out the money to states and school districts. The local boards of education are the ones who are far more directly involved with choosing the teachers and the books to be used in the local schools. Take the same tests which your children have to take to your local school board meeting. Ask them the same questions. If they can answer them correctly, fire the teach. If not change the members of the school board.

  • greanfinisher .

    Despite our educational system being the most costliest in the entire world, the main problem is that most teachers in this country simply don’t care whether the students learn or not. This often occurs unfortunately when the teachers are union represented. In fact, my younger sister told me a few years ago that her public high school history teacher would simply come into class, open up the history book, and read for an entire hour. Even more shocking was that this ritual would go on every single day of the week for the entire semester. Obviously, this teacher was only concerned about retiring out with a pension, and nothing else.

    • George W Hill Jr

      without discipline …there is no learning …none

  • john folger

    common core education will set back the kids30%..

    • George W Hill Jr

      more like 90 %..have you read this stuff ..most is pure nonsense…
      I personally sponsored a elementary school in DRC Africa …
      we had better than 60 % in Math

      • iris

        I believe it. Common Core is already showing results, and the above article puts those results in a nutshell. It’s more about social engineering than anything. Yes, we need to realize that we are all connected, that all people have value, but when that idea devolves into a page out of Animal Farm, where some animals are more worthy than others,…

  • ukalally

    see how they show a white kid in this article when every one knows it is the nonwhite causing this

    • cimo

      If they used a Mexican it would be considered “racist.” It’s ashame M S has said we always need a healthy level of immigration.

  • 247wallst. com/special-report/2014/02/07/states-where-children-are-struggling-the-most-to-read/3/

    Why isn’t it mentioned here that Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Alaska are even worse?

    Also why is it not mentioned here that 34 states receive more education funding than California? Why is an agenda always more important than facts here? Disappointing.

    • ios

      I’ve seen stuff like that but that’s not part of the agenda perhaps because those are more conservative states.

  • Dianne

    And teachers do care

  • Dianne

    Actually, now that I read the commentaries below, you all need to do a little more research on this topic.

  • RoHa

    ” At one time the United States had the greatest system of public education on the entire planet, ”

    Where do you get these crazy ideas? The USA used to have a pretty good system of public education, but that is the most you can say.

  • Sopater

    Public school is no place for a child.

    • greanfinisher .

      I think that one could say the same thing about private schools too. In fact, a private school would be the last place that I would send my kids.

      • Sopater

        At least you can select a private school based on their values, and stop paying them if you choose to remove your child from the school. Private school is much better than government schools. Homeschooling is the best option, followed by private school, and then government schools would come in dead last.

    • iris

      I agree! Home schooled children receive a much better education. As far as the social interaction, which is needed by children, the homeschooling programs have networking in and out of the public venue, so there is plenty of opportunity for that, usually resulting in stronger friendships made, also. The public school “social” interaction often results in children learning about drug use, sexual promiscuity, etc. Of course, those behaviors are no respecters of what type of school the child is in, but there is at least, far less of it.

  • SantosGarcia

    The reason our children went to private Christian schools. Both have B.A. degrees and Masters level advanced education which has ensured their success in the workplace.

    • iris

      Good for you! Were the schools teaching with the Classical method instead of using the Dewey system?

  • Chuck Morrison

    They don’t know the three R’s, but they all know they have 30 gender options, and are being encouraged to choose any but the one they were born with as early as grade K. This is perverse, and should be illegal, but that’s where we’re at. The backlash against the perverts in power will have to be HUGE, or things will go on as they are, and the end result is likely to be a second civil war.