One would think , the Savannah Economic Development known as SEDA http://www.seda.org/ would be a good place to look at demographic data for the Savannah/Chatham area.
However, SEDA is misleading those searching for actual data for the City of Savannah and Chatham County, especially those with school age children.
For instance it was brought to our attention that young people looking to move to Savannah wanted to know about the racial make up in the city and how that reflects in the public school system.
The data available at SEDA states that in the Savannah MSA
(What does MSA mean? Would you know?)
We searched SEDA for the meaning of Savannah MSA.
Now, we were looking for just the city of Savannah. This is the data we found at SEDA, below.
And in our quest to find out the realistic racial make up, we found ProPublica.
ProPublica analyzed federal education data from the 2009-2010 school year to examine whether states provide high-poverty schools equal access to advanced courses and special programs that researchers say will help them later in life. (below)
Quite a difference!
It appears that SEDA manipulates data to make the city of Savannah appear to be more white than it actually is!
At the Propublica site, each school is listed and you can click on a selected school to find out relevent information you are looking for. We have looked at Hodge Elementary School, located at 1101 WEST VICTORY DRIVE SAVANNAH GA., 31401
And here is East Broad Street elementary School, located at 400 EAST BROAD STREET SAVANNAH GA., 31401
The following public schools receive less than 41% free government lunch.
Bloomingdale Elementary School
101 EAST MAIN STREET BLOOMINGDALE GA., 31302 | Grades PreK-5
Ellis Elementary School
220 EAST 49TH STREET SAVANNAH GA., 31405 | Grades PreK-8
Hesse Elementary School
9116 WHITFIELD AVENUE SAVANNAH GA., 31406 | Grades PreK-7
Howard Elementary School
115 WILMINGTON ISLAND ROAD SAVANNAH GA., 31410 | Grades PreK-5
Marshpoint Elementary School
135 WHITEMARSH ISLAND ROAD. SAVANNAH GA., 31410 | Grades PreK-5
Pooler Elementary School
308 HOLLY AVENUE POOLER GA., 31322 | Grades PreK-5
Savannah Arts Academy
500 WASHINGTON AVENUE SAVANNAH GA., 31405 | Grades 9-12
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update Sep.18, 2012 - SEDA president Steve Weathers resigns