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“One-Third of Fourth Graders are Functionally Illiterate”

clarityseeker2 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 7:06 PM
TROOUBLED_KALIFORNIAN is troubled. Why? Because she's pouting over the notion that no one beleves her that education's woes is about "more money". Typical Liberal claptrap and Kalifornia "solutions" to all the ills of the land. "BELMONT LEARNING CENTER" tore through hundreds of millions until it was ultimately determined that the site the school was built on was a toxic site. GeeeeeeeWizzzzzzzz, if they only had the manpower, the staff they needed to be able to see that one coming. Yeah--------------those 12,000 "staffers" and administrators downtown, it's below their pay grade to be involved in such 'details'.
clarityseeker2 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 7:07 PM
"Alarm bells should be sounding for taxpayers. The district's fiscal incompetence has been on display for the world to see. LAUSD's Roybal Learning Center made national headlines for opening recently. Formerly named the Belmont Learning Center, the school took nearly 20 years to build and is the most expensive high school construction project ever built in the U.S., costing taxpayers more than $400 million. Is that the kind of financial management voters should reward with an additional $7 billion?"

The U.S. education system is failing our kids and has been for decades. Thus, the first step towards solving this problem is admitting that we have one. And we certainly do -- as AFP’s Casey Given points out in his op-ed in The Hill today:

Since 1983, the freshmen high school graduation rate has increased a measly 1.8 percent. Meanwhile, student achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress has stagnated, dropping by 1 point in reading and increasing by merely 4 points in math among 17-year-olds from the early 1980s to 2008. Today, one-third of fourth graders are...