Public Schools have been going downhill for years!!! This isn't new, in NJ we send all our money from the suburbs to the urban schools so they can benefit from our largesse. So, basically we are throwing good money after bad and no one is gaining any ground. I sent my children to public grade school but sent them to private single sex ed for high school and I am glad I did. Wish I hadn't sent them to public school at all and had home schooled them. The guidance counselor at the high school level didn't want my daughter to be in advanced math, which she had always been in because it might be "hard". I bet she never said that to the boys. Public schools are the dumbing down of our whole society, that is why we have sheepels!