Kyle Olson

For the 2011-12 school year, only 25 percent of 8th graders were rated proficient or better in English Language Arts, while 24 percent of the same group were proficient in math, according to a report card posted on the school district’s website.

Scores for the Regents Test -- an assessment required to receive a diploma -- were equally underwhelming.

Twenty-one percent of students received an 85 or higher in English. Only three percent of students scored 85 or higher in Algebra, while 19 percent of students scored 85 or higher in U.S. History and Government.

In the 2009-10 school year, Buffalo reported spending $23,907 per student to obtain these types of results, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

But Mrs. Jones looks fabulous after her tummy tuck, doesn’t she?

She may look great on the outside, but there’s no word on how “beautiful” the students feel on the inside when they graduate unable to read.

Kyle Olson

Kyle is founder of Education Action Group and, a news service dedicated to education reform and school spending research, reporting, analysis and commentary.

He is co-author of Glenn Beck’s “Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education,” available at

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