My Fox Detroit: After a report showed that fourth- and eighth-grade students in Detroit posted the worst math scores in the nation, some parents rallied for jail time for those responsible with educating the city's youth.
The Detroit News reported that Sharlonda Buckman of the Detroit Parent Network called for jailing and civil lawsuits against anyone in the city's educational system that is not doing his or her share to help properly educate children.
"Somebody needs to go to jail," Buckman said in an address to 500 parents gathered Saturday for the organization's annual breakfast forum reported the newspaper. "Somebody needs to pay for this. Somebody needs to go to jail, and it shouldn't be the kids."
Detroit students took the National Assessment of Educational Progress test this year and 69 percent of fourth-graders scored below the basic level in math and 77 percent of eighth-graders scored below basic.
"This is an abysmal failure," Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb told the gathering. Bobb said he would announce Monday that he is calling for 100,000 volunteer hours to help children with reading.
An editorial in The Detroit Free Press notes that "the rest of the state should take last week's excruciatingly painful test results ... as a warning."
According to CNN the report showed that eighth-graders in Austin, Texas, and San Diego, raised their scores. And fourth-grade students in Boston, and Washington, D.C., also showed gains.
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