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A school district in Phoenix, Arizona is home to some of the nation’s most repugnant public education warehouses.
The Murphy Elementary School District inside Phoenix is making national headlines but not for standardized test scores. Students behind the walls of schools inside this primary education jurisdiction have been forced to attend classes in absolutely horrid conditions complete with dilapidated walls exhibiting black mold and disease-carrying pests.
In the Murphy school district’s Alfred F. Garcia Elementary during the 2017-18 academic year, two students were bitten by rats – you read that right. The school was reportedly infested severely with these rodent vermin, which put small school-aged children at risk for a whole host of disgusting health adversities.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome and Leptospirosis are diseases known to be transmitted through rats directly. Disgracefully, pest control was an issue that only got one paragraph’s worth of documentation in a 26-page report, which revealed an abundance of sickening problems going on in the Murphy Elementary School District.
Simon Consulting was the firm that published the damning report. If disease, harmful wall fungus, rodent infestation, and the gross mismanagement of student health was not enough, financial woes are another plague that have ravaged these schools. Murphy’s Law states that what can go wrong, will go wrong.
The Arizona State Board of Education has had total control over this Phoenix-based primary school district since June 2018. Around this time, state-level education bureaucrats were able to determine that a spending deficit of $2.2 million had accumulated after classroom sizes ballooned up to 40 students per class, which infuriated an army of parents.
There are more underlying challenges for the majority of the Murphy’s school children. Household poverty is predominant, due to the fact that over 70 percent of the children attending schools in the Murphy district qualify for free school lunches. But that is not all.
School bus transportation and maintenance costs are considerably higher than the statewide average as well. Finally, for all this school district’s fatal flaws and lack of self-sufficiency, the per student cost earmarked in the general education budget is one of the highest itemized costs in the state.
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