Saturday, December 20, 2008

Only 17% of Chicago 8th Graders Read at Grade Level

The education secretary was named Wensday, Arne Duncan, ran the Chicago public school system. Everybody applauded, "Well, great, why, fabulous appointment, Arne Duncan ran the Chicago public schools, well, I hope he can do for America what he did for Illinois and Chicago." Well, only 17% of eighth graders -- one example here -- can read at that level in Chicago schools overseen by Arne Duncan, the Obama education secretary designee. "In 2007, only 17 percent of eighth graders tested at or above grade level in reading in Chicago Public Schools -- the school system administered by Arne Duncan since 2001. Students in eighth grade are those most likely to have been in the Chicago system for a majority of Duncan's tenure. used the scores for these students to best determine the results of Duncan's administration. ... In math, Chicago Public Schools’ average score increased from 254 in 2003 to 260 in 2007. The national average for 2007 was 280. Seventy-five percent of Chicago students scored below 283 in the math assessment."

Now, "Nationally, Chicago is the third largest school district with over 408,000 students. Its budget for 2007-2008 was $4.6 billion, according to information released by Chicago Public Schools. $862 million of that was supplied by the federal government." And so for this money, Chicago is lagging way behind, 17% of eighth graders can read at that level.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Why Iraq Oil Is Going To China

McClatchy puts Miami Herald up for sale

More bad news for the old media....

Clinton was right

President Bill Clinton was right when he called President-elect Barack Obama a fairytale before the election. Obama's health-care plan is going to expand coverage for 40 million new people, cover more things and cut premiums for everyone else.

How? Sorry I can't help you, perhaps someone can ask Obama to explain it. But consider Obama's tax plan to pay for it and the trillion dollars of new spending. He will only raise taxes on 5 percent and lower taxes on 95 percent of Americans. What genius. Now, Karl Marx thought of it first, but it still won't work. Actually most of the 95 percent aren't really getting "tax cuts."

Obama promised to give people refundable credits. So even if people owe no income taxes, you'll get your checks for free. Obama is committing economic malpractice by raising taxes in a recession because it risks making the economy worse.

The top 5 percent of taxpayers, mostly small businesses, already pay 60 percent of income taxes. They create most of the new jobs and are sensitive to higher taxes. Struggling or bankrupt businesses don't hire people and neither pays taxes.

Government raising taxes is like the farmer's choice. You can either eat the eggs or eat the chicken, but once you eat the chicken you'll get no more eggs.

Ignorance Reigns Supreme

First Russian warship uses Panama Canal since 1944

Louisiana delivers GOP 2 seats in Congress

Obama Plans Largest Building Program Since 1950s