Interesting “snippets” from The COMMIT! Partnership’s annual report, “Our Kids. Our Tomorrow.”
· 750,000 students served by COMMIT!
· Coalition of 160 different institutions with a “vested stake” in Dallas County’s educational outcomes.
· Between 1980 and 2010, poverty increased by 242% in Dallas County neighborhoods.
· Dallas has 3rd highest childhood poverty rate in U. S. (38%), behind Detroit (59%) and Memphis (44%).
· Dallas County’s job growth lags behind surrounding counties. Between 2000 and 2012, jobs increased in Denton County (+63%), Collin County (+71%), Rockwall County (+89%), Kaufman County (+4%), Ellis County (+21%), Tarrant County (+10). In Dallas County jobs fell (-13%).
· By not increasing each student’s level of attainment, our region loses $6.9 billion in lifetime earnings for every cohort of about 30,000 students entering the K-12 system annually.
· Hispanic and African American students lag woefully behind white students in Dallas County in every measured category: in 2014, only 345 black students graduated “college ready.” Fewer than half as many economically disadvantaged students graduated college ready as more affluent students (1,128 compared to 2,600).
· 56% of eligible students are not enrolled in Pre-K or Head Start.
· 36% of students in Dallas County are reading on grade level by 3rd grade.
· $33 million is left on the table in Dallas County in student financial support/services.
· Teacher supply is declining by 4% annually, while student population is growing at 1% each year.
· While there are examples of high-poverty schools doing well or better, poverty remains a key driver in low performance.
More clear and compelling evidence that we must attack poverty and its associated stresses on children and families. And, NOW!