School reform? Doesn’t need more testing or teacher accountability or even more money. It need to address poverty, equity and access. In my jurisdiction, B.C. , we have 0% school nurses but we don’t honestly need them. We have universal health care-however flawed- kids get basic health services…we have community health nurses, etc but not site based nurses, police or priests. Public education has a cost but so does raising children, inmates and morgues.
Matt Di Carlo examines the latest data about the availability of school nurses, and it is disturbing.
For many children, the school nurse is the only medical care they will get.
Only 41% of schools have a RN on staff.
The data are none too new. They are from 2006, before the economic collapse. Very likely, the number with full-time nurses is even less now.
Now here is a job for the Gates Foundation. Place a Gates nurse in every school in every low-income district. That will raise test scores even more than MET or VAM.