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Rarely Do The ACLU and I Agree

But here is a notable exception. You can't ban Americans from wearing the American flag! Why that's…Un-American!
via Drudge.


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Where Does All The Money Go?

According to the Cleveland PD, Ohio school districts spent an average of $8,963 per student in 2004. This ranked 16th in the nation.

Not enough for a lot of people…

“Everybody wishes they had more money,” said John Steiner, president of the North Central Local Board of Education. “But we’re given a certain amount by taxpayers to educate their children with, and that’s what we do. We make the most of it.”

But let’s look at the big picture. If you take the average $/student and multiply it times the average class room size (we’ll hypothesize 25 students). That equals more than $224,000 per class room. Hell, with that money, you should be able to pay teachers a respectable salary and still cover overhead. Instead teachers usually make pathetic salaries and schools are always running out of money.

WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING? If the public school system was a real business, it would have closed many years ago. I’m not saying we have to privatize our schools, though I’d entertain the idea, but we should hold public institutions to rigorous financial standards.

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Beginning this June, college tuition will be free for any student who enters the Kalamazoo school system by the ninth grade — regardless of income or need. The program, unveiled in November by the city’s superintendent of schools and underwritten by a group of local philanthropists, is to run for at least 13 years.

From the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal (sub required).

The program is being financed anonymously and requires children to be in the Kalamazoo public school system from K-12 to achieve complete tuition payback. The tuition is good for Michigan public universities. It appears tuition is prorated if the child entered the system later. It also appears that this has already created an economic boom in the downtrodden city.

I wonder how many other cities will start using this as a carrot.

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School Not Exciting Enough?

Most dropouts say they would have made it through high school with more challenging coursework, interesting classes and a little extra help.

I never really found High School that fun either. But if I would have dropped out of school, my family would have kicked my @ss. This is another social problem whose root cause is the degradation of the American family ❗

On the average, dropouts earn $9,200 less per year than high school graduates. In a lifetime, they earn about $1 million less than college graduates.

How’s that for incentive to stay in school?

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