Black Middle Class Abandoning PG County Public Schools

The American Interest, May 27, 2013

Prince George’s County, Maryland stands out from the rest of the country in that it is among the most affluent majority-black counties in the US. But despite its uniqueness, it is quickly falling prey to a common trend—middle class parents are pulling their children out of public schools and putting them in private competitors that offer a better education.

PG County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is well aware of this trend and is taking steps to improve the quality of the schools in an effort to bring back these middle class students. The county has just approved Baker’s plan for a massive overhaul of the school board, and he has promised a number of other educational changes, although this part of his proposal has been light on actual details. But as the Washington Post reports, while middle class families are watching these changes with interest, few have actually made the leap and put their kids back in public schools. And as the middle class students and parents abandon the system, the situation is likely to get worse for those that remain:

Many experts and schools officials say a return of students from middle-class families is a key component to turning around struggling school systems.

Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, said students from low-income families benefit from attending school “where your classmates expect to go on to college and act in a way that is conducive to that.” […]

It is unclear how many Prince George’s middle-class families home-school or send their children to private school. Briant Coleman, a spokesman for the school system, said the county does not track those students. But the school population has been dwindling and the percentage of poor students increasing significantly, evidence that middle-class students have been leaving the system.

For years, people have blamed many of the problems in minority-majority school districts on “white flight,” arguing that middle class whites abandoning public schools is responsible for much of the struggles of these institutions. But this suggests that middle-class blacks and whites are doing the same thing—leaving blue cities for better opportunities and living conditions, and leaving old style public schools because they want a better education for their kids.



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  • edie

    seems like a trend that repeats itself over and over.

    how gullible are taxpayers and we the people who put up with this claptrap?

    • The__Bobster

      It could be worse. They could live in Philly.

      A Philadelphia High School Spotlighted on National TV For Its Violence
      May 29, 2013 4:45 AM
      By Mike DeNardo

      PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Strawberry Mansion High School is getting national TV attention tonight on ABC’s “World News,” and later on “Nightline.”

      The story is being billed as a profile of one of the nation’s most dangerous high

      In one of her “Hidden America” reports, news anchor Diane Sawyer visits Strawberry Mansion High, one of Pennsylvania’s “persistently dangerous”

      “We have been in the school since January filming, and there were 48 incidents in or near the school while we were there,” Sawyer says in her report.

      One was a lunchtime fight that principal Linda Wayman helped to break up.

      Sawyer says after the brawl, students go on as if chaos were part of everyday life.

      Area resident Anthony Reed wondered whether getting national attention could be constructive for Strawberry Mansion High.

      “It may help,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “It may help. But there’s a lot of negativity in that school.”

      Still, Sawyer, in an interview, said she found a “universe of dreams” at Strawberry Mansion — teachers and students who are determined to succeed.

      • MBlanc46

        Thanks for that.

        “[S]tudents go on as if chaos were part of everyday life.”

        Most of us at AmRen have a term for that: TNB.

      • Melanie

        Dreams, dreams, dreams…I wonder what baboons in the jungle “dream” of, and if exposure to white civilisation and regular, reliable feeding by humans would train these baboons to “dream” of always being able to rely upon a regular meal fed to them by humans, even as they attack and destroy the humans feeding them?

  • This is why blacks will always be nothing without Affirmative Action. The middle class blacks can’t even establish their own decent private schools.
    Nope. They just send their kids to a majority white school, complain that they are the only blacks there, and accuse the faculty of racism because there aren’t enough black teachers.
    The private school responds with an Affirmative Action hire or two, which takes the best black teachers out of the ‘hood, whites move on. The private school eventually becomes one of those troubled charter schools you always hear about.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Spot on. If we are all equal where are all of the BLACK private schools pumping out college ready students on par with the White majority private schools? Why can’t those super smart blacks get together and open up private schools for their black kids?

      • The__Bobster

        Because you can’t support a school with only three pupils?

        • Romulus

          Lol, very pithy!

    • r j p

      Blacks here in Chicago love their charter schools.
      Last year 100% of Urban Prep graduates got “kollage skolaships”.
      Average ACT score of graduates: 17
      An ACT of <17 is getting academic "skolaships"?

      • borogirl54

        I have heard of a number of black students who have nearly straight A’s but score low on the SAT or ACT tests.

  • So CAL Snowman

    What is the lesson here? You can GIVE black people comfortable do nothing, make work government jobs that guarantees them middle class status, but they are still black people and as such their offspring will destroy everything they come into contact with; be it public education, the English language, county fairs, music, etc.

    The article blames middle class black flight for the plight of the schools. However these schools were filled with almost nothing BUT middle class blacks!

    • White Mom in WDC

      Thank you. Blacks are the problem in schools. Poor, middle, or upper class black = black and all the issues that go with it.

      I lived in a ‘luxury” condo building in PG county. Brand new playground. The owners would take their dogs out and have them poop on the children’s playground. So that is how these people viewed children? TriBeCa Apartments, google it.

      You can paint a turd gold but it is still a turd

      • pcmustgo

        I know a gifted and talented, well spoken and well written black girl who has out of control fighting and Angry Black Woman issues… she is a huge problem to everyone, including other blacks , at the community events I see her at… blacks are the ONLY ones who create problems at these events. Fighting, stealing, racist comments galore made out loud to be extra rude.

        • pcmustgo

          She’s one of those middle class blacks with a good job I’m sure.

        • White Mom in WDC

          I used to tolerate these people, but just can’t do it anymore. I am so over the black community. They offer America nothing

      • StillModerated

        It’s in Camp Springs — one of the nicer parts of PG. The real fun is in Capitol Heights, Morningside and Forestville. Even Tantallon is now minority White. In 1985 PG was 90% White. Today it’s less than 15%.

        • White Mom in WDC

          Wow ! PG crapped out that fast! I remember in 1998 looking for teaching jobs there and it was at that time considered bad . Wow…

        • MBlanc46

          It’s always disappointing to see white neighborhoods turn black, but it’s understandable that blacks would want to get out of DC and move to the suburbs. And when they do, the whites will move out where they move in. It’s just the sort of self-segregation that many of us support. It is a bit annoying, though, when they start to complain about the suburbs that they’ve made black.

        • Johnny Clay

          90% White in 1985? That sounds too high. I’ve lived in the DC area since 1985, and PG County was wall-to-wall black even then. At the time, I even hated dating White women from PG County because everywhere they wanted to go to in PG was overrun with blacks.

          • Captain Jack Aubrery

            I lived in PG County from 1960-1991. It was never 90 % white. I would guess it was 75 % white when school busing began in 1973 and 50 % white when I left in 1991. It is about 25 % white today.

            I graduated DuVal in 1978 and the school was 60 % white. In 2000, the white attendance had fallen to 3 %, most of whom must have been culturally black.

    • John

      Nailed it, SOS. “Middle Class” is entirely a fabrication of government jobs given to Blacks. It’s basically a super expensive form of welfare going on. I used to work for the DOD in Northern Virginia. There were so many blacks on staff that could have been released and the office would not have missed a beat. And here’s a bitter irony; despite doing precious little work, these people are indignant if they don’t get their raise to, say, GS12. And you nearly have to murder somebody to get fired from the Civil Service. Middle Class in name only.

      • Romulus

        It is the same with numerable govt agencies. Crystal clear observation.

  • OlderWoman

    It’s funny. Prince George is predominately black. Even their so-called elite can’t stand their ‘entitled’. They try to escape themselves.

    • White Mom in WDC

      There is nothing ‘elite’ about PG county. Just a bunch of empty suits and hair weaves faking civility. There are no good schools, just good people. The schools there reflect the culture.

      • StillModerated

        Not so long ago Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt was one of the top schools in the nation.

        • White Mom in WDC

          It just goes to show you the potency of the groid population

  • Mr. E

    Liberal Logic: Prince George’s County schools are violent and failing because they don’t spend enough money per student.

    But wait… The 2010 Census showed us that PG County has some of the highest spending per student of any school system in the country. So why, given PG County’s high spending per student, would the schools be so violent and substandard? {Liberal gets visibly agitated and leaves]

    “Three school systems in Maryland were in the top five in per-pupil spending among the largest K-12 school systems in the U.S., according to 2010 census data released Thursday.

    Baltimore City Public Schools was third, spending on average $14,711 per student, and Prince George’s County Public Schools was fifth, at $14,019.

    The average per-pupil spending nationally in 2010 was $10,615, according to the data.

    • BonusGift

      “But this suggests that middle-class blacks and whites are doing the same thing—leaving blue cities for better opportunities and living conditions …” Yeah, sure, they are just like us, my a__. One more time: they are “leaving blue cities”, which is supposed to mean it is a political policy issue for them. The cultural Marxists in control of things trot out at least one of what I call the “half dozen come back lines of a night club comedian” to brush away any truth or light that may rear its head in their direction before it has a chance to leave the station. The classic overall response is the Demorat-RINO one spouted out by RINOs that “if only blacks changed their political affiliation then all would be fine, blah, blah, blah …” Hence, the obligatory reference to issues with “blue cities”. When it comes to ‘education’, Demorats love to talk about things like spending per pupil and class size, etc, etcetera. We all know the real answer, it’s simply the people. Even with American blacks having about 20% white genes they are supremely aggressive, violent, stupid, you name the dysfunctional trait. How much false propaganda needs to be written before Pravda actually writes the basic truth? Instead of electing a new people (i.e., genociding the ones that built the country) in order to elect a permanent cultural Marxist overlord, how about just simply dealing with the truth? Yeah sure, it’s “blue cities” and per pupil expenditures, etc. etcetera, and not the actual people who do this in every place they draw a useless breath.

  • borogirl54

    Good for them. They have the right and the means to find a school that will educate their children. Not babysit them for six hours a day.

  • Funruffian

    Isn’t it mind-bogglingly absurd to blame someone who leaves an abusive and unhealthy relationship for leaving? As if leaving a dangerous and abusive situation is their fault. This is exactly what the leftists and Blacks are doing when they blame Whites for leaving schools that are becoming more scary for them.
    Blaming Whites for ‘White flight’ proves that Blacks are the most needy, incapable and toxic group to be around. It drives our point home. It’s an admission of failure. Blacks will never survive without the munificence of Guilt ridden Whites and the Welfare system. If whites were to vanish, Blacks would self-destruct with little assistance from the other races.

    • BonusGift

      Good point.

  • Mr Plankton

    I believe, on the AmRen homepage, that it should say “There is black flight, too.” not “The is black flight, too”.

    Small correction.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Let me know where they are moving so I don’t move there

  • The__Bobster

    The county has just approved Baker’s plan for a massive overhaul of the school board, and he has promised a number of other educational changes, although this part of his proposal has been light on actual details.


    But most spabooks like their corrupt skoos and will fire any Asian who tries to make things better.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    I wonder if that “legacy of slavery” is the reason why the middle class kids in PG would probably do worse than broke white kids in Appalachia.

    • Melanie

      That’s actually true. Some study showed that black male students from middle-class and upper-class two-parent black families in Prince George’s Co had lower scores, higher crime rates, and higher drop-out rates than white males from poor families in an area of West Virginia.

    • Ed

      PG county’s school system is rated the 2nd worst system in the state after Baltimore. Maryland has a few Appalachian counties bordering WV.

  • Melanie

    Let me guess, they’re putting their kids in majority-white schools.

    • StillModerated

      Church schools are popular, but many of the quality blacks actually home school.

      • borogirl54

        That is if they can afford to live on one income. Most middle and upper class blacks are two income families.

  • MBlanc46

    I suppose that the mean IQ is higher than the mid-80s in an area like that, but a public school that has to enroll all comers is still going to have more than its share of those who just aren’t capable of achieving at greater than a junior high level. In addition, there are doubtless those who fancy themselves “gangstas”. No amount of reform can succeed in those conditions. Every one, including blacks, needs to recognize that the reason black schools fail is because they’re full of blacks. Once we do that, we can track students in order to educate them to their potential, not an ideal white standard of achievement.

  • APaige

    1. Affirmative Action is not genetic
    2. A black middle class will not help a school.

  • Frank Wheeler

    I feel sorry for these people because they have been duped into believing that they have earned middle class status when in reality a public sector job is glorified welfare. I do apologize for anyone who does work for the government, but in this situation I assume you will catch the context of this commentary. When these people move into middle class neighborhoods their children get outperformed by their classmates then confusion and frustration sets in. A hunter-gatherer people will not succeed in an industrial economy. The cruelty of the Liberals is that they preach false hope to a people with zero chance of promise. The truth may hurt but in the long run it is much better to know where one stands than to go through life with self-delusions of ability.

    • MBlanc46

      ” A hunter-gatherer people will not succeed in an industrial economy.”

      Most of them practiced subsistence agriculture back in the old country.

    • HamletsGhost

      I seriously doubt that they were duped. If they were, they were very willing dupes, and probably should be counted among the dupers.

      Blacks have a cargo-cult mindset. They don’t understand the basis of wealth or how a modern economy works, and care even less. All they want is more gimmedats. Their precious esteem seems to handle it pretty well.

      • Melanie

        Not only are they willing dupes, they are self-duped, because they blame everything but reality for the problems.

  • AllSeeingEyeSpy

    The headers are one of the best things about AmRen, but not today. This one reads, “The is black flight too” Shouldn’t it be there is black flight too?

    Also there was, “The Right has courage when it comes to race”. When the article is about there being a lack of courage among the right. The sarcasm, if intended, is a little forced. Has Jared Taylor taken a day off?

  • HJ11

    I don’t care where they go. But, I don’t want them around me or mine. They are not my kind and can all fall into the ocean for all I care.

  • watling

    This article highlights what to me seems like a clear difference between the USA and the UK.

    Here in the UK I’m not aware of a black middle class at all. I can’t think of anywhere in the UK where blacks are concentrated that isn’t a poverty-stricken, welfare-funded, crime-ridden, drugs-fuelled, aspiring-rapper-infested ghetto. There are simply no nice black neighbourhoods.

    By contrast there are nice neighbourhoods with large Indian populations. That’s because Indians have a strong work ethic and many become successful businessmen and women.

    We do have white flight though. Lots and lots and lots of it.

    • Melanie

      We have a black middle-class in large part because of government subsidised jobs, forced quotas, affirmative action jobs, and the equality and diversity racket. If the government props fell away, the black middle class would be miniscule. Same with their home ownership, forced loans through Fannie Mae. They have lost homes at a higher rate than other demographics.

      • HamletsGhost

        Some years ago, a study concluded that a black family earing $70,000 per year had the same credit rating as a white family earning $25,000 per year.

  • Melanie

    I noticed that the WaPo referred to it as “middle class flight” now that it’s blacks doing it and they can’t use it as the ubiquitous opportunity to blame whites for doing it first. When whites do it, they make it about “bigotted hatred of another’s skin color”, when blacks do it, it’s a reasonable response to a failing system. The truth is, skin color was a trustworthy indicator of behaviors to which whites didn’t want their kids subjected. These blacks know it too, but they get a pass because they share the skin color.

    • World_War_Me

      Great point.


    They could have prevented the middle class flight in the beginning if they had taught students something besides how to keep bananas from reproducing.

  • Sam

    The simple truth, and this is from a white male teacher with experience teaching blacks, is that about 90% of white students make some limited attempt to behave and learn if given the chance. Conversely, 95% of black students have a thug hip-hop attitude and will do everything they can to inhibit learning in the classroom. The minute a teacher hears the black students calling each other “ni**ga” in the classroom he/she can be rest assured that very learning will take place during the school year.

    The sad thing is that white parents willingly subjugate their children to this environment in the name of equality and diversity. I have no children, but I would hot sent them to one of the school I taught at.

  • Paleoconn

    Affluent blacks = public sector workers.