BRIDGEPORT, Conn.— The Atlantic magazine has written about Bridgeport’s Bassick High School, describing in detail its general failure the past 55 years despite its location in one of the richest counties in the country.
The Atlantic article contrasts Bridgeport’s affluent past with its current status as an economically challenged city with 20 percent of its population considered “poor.”
For all the city’s alleged faults, Bassick High and the city's other schools are where its failures are most clear, according to The Atlantic article, which says only 15 percent of Bassick students were deemed proficient in language arts after last year’s state tests and 0 percent in mathematics.
The Atlantic article reports nearly half of the high school’s students missed 18 days of school or more compared to the state’s overall average of 10 percent of students missing that many days.
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