Influx of illegal immigrant children will drive politicians to demand increased education funding

After seeing school buses on the road the past couple of mornings on my way to work, I started thinking about the nearly 50,000 unaccompanied children who illegally crossed the border over the summer and how they are starting school in the US as well.

Via USA Today:

Schools across the USA are bracing for as many as 50,000 immigrant children who would start school this fall, most of them unaccompanied by their families.

“We haven’t started school yet, so we are all just holding our breath to see what’s going to come on the first day of school,” says Caroline Woodason, assistant director of school support for Dalton Public Schools in Georgia.

Under federal law, all children are entitled to a free public education, regardless of their immigration status.

It’s nothing new for public schools to serve immigrant students. But Francisco Negron, general counsel for the National School Board Association, says, “One of the challenges here, though, is the large number of unaccompanied minors.”

“This is a whole new wave of immigrant students that are coming without any guardians whatsoever,” Negron says.

Not only are these children showing up without guardians, many of them are showing up with without basic literacy skills- in their own language. For example, Guatemala has a literacy rate barely above 75%. So, now these kids in a foreign country, separated from their parents and now need to learn English when many of them (more than likely) don’t have a basic educational foundation to begin with.

Looking at this from the children’s perspective, most people would consider this a disaster. For conniving politicians and educrats, this is a golden opportunity to soak taxpayers for even more money. Obviously, school districts that have to take in these illegal immigrant children need additional funding for ESL programs, lunch programs etc.

However, this is a gift that will keep on giving for politicians to grandstand and demand additional funding for years to come. Keep this in mind, very soon these 50,000 immigrant children will start taking standardized tests.

Before you say it makes no sense to test these kids, at least in Michigan, they will be tested:

In addition, the Michigan Merit Award Board has approved expanded accommodations for students with limited English proficiency. The expanded accommodations were developed in consultation with districts, schools, and practitioners in the education of children with limited English skills. A district administrator, in consultation with the classroom teacher, usually makes the decision about appropriate accommodations for students with limited English proficiency. Districts with large LEP populations may have a coordinator or specialist at the administrative level assigned this responsibility. In districts with small populations the decision is often the responsibility of the classroom teacher and the district MEAP coordinator. The decision is not whether or not to test a child; it is which accommodation is most appropriate for the child.

Considering many of these children are illiterate in their own language, they will not set the world on fire on standardized tests. I know this sounds harsh, however, you know these immigrant children aren’t Guatemala’s most educated.

Here’s where politicians see a golden opportunity. And when results from standardized testing rolls in and there are additional 50,000 low test scores bending the average down, politicians will begin grandstanding, demand more funding for schools to help improve test scores. And it won’t be just D’s. Republicans aren’t above shilling for more money for education, because very few politicians can withstand the lure of controlling vast sums of money. As pointed out here @ MCT nearly a year ago:

In business, as you rise within a company’s management ranks, the larger the budget (the amount of the companies money) you control. Job titles mean very little compared to the amount of company dollars at your disposal. Among executives, budgets are the great equalizer. Regardless of industry, the measure of a manager / executives importance to his organization is the amount of budget at his command.

It’s an ego thing.

Congress has adopted this philosophy as well. With continual expansion of the Federal budget, most Representatives and Senators work to seize ever larger portions of our national economy expanding members of Congress budgets. This expansion gives members greater power and influence. Once ObamaCare is sufficiently implemented, members of Congress will have trillions of additional dollars at their disposal to spend as they see fit- mostly to ensure he or she remains in office no matter what.

As Mark Twain said “There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.”

Proposed history curriculum omits American icons while painting colonists as bigots

‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. ‘Reality control’, they called it: in Newspeak, ‘doublethink’.

‘Stand easy!’ barked the instructress, a little more genially.

Winston sank his arms to his sides and slowly refilled his lungs with air. His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy,

George Orwell, 1984: Part 1, Chapter 3

The American left never sleeps…

New history curriculum standards proposed for top high school students leave out such American icons as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr., paint colonists as bigots and gloss over the Greatest Generation’s fight to save the world from Nazi Germany, according to conservative education activists who want the framework delayed — and perhaps scrapped altogether.

An open letter circulated by conservative education activists is calling on The College Board to delay implementing new Advanced Placement U.S. History guidelines, saying a “rising tide of opposition” believes the curriculum will take the nation’s classrooms in a bad direction.

The Aug. 4 letter, which is addressed to David Coleman, president/CEO of the New York-based nonprofit, claims the new 98-page curriculum is a “dramatic departure” from the five-page outline previously used by teachers and students and offers a consistently negative view of Americans as oppressors and exploiters.

Year after year, academia churns out little leftist Democrat voters and foist them into the world, clueless as to how it actually works.

This was clearly on display during the Occupy Wall Street Nonsense:

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Newly minted leftists could also stand to spend time reading (and understanding) a few classics from literature as well.

When Orwell wrote “minds were trained to hold contradictory positions simultaneously and unquestioningly” in 1948, it’s as if he is describing the #OWS losers of a few years ago who were shocked when police ran roughshod over their protest demanding more government control.

Liberalism run amok: University bans fencing due to zero tolerance “weapons” policy


Seriously, lib’s need to get a grip:

The newly formed fencing club at North Dakota State University (NDSU) cannot practice on campus thanks to the university’s weapons policy.

“The current interpretation of the non-weapon policy in NDSU…understands our fencing equipment as weapons,” Enrique Alvarez, the club’s coach, told Valley News Live.

The swords the club uses have no sharp points or blades. The tips are flat and spring-loaded. Still, the university deems them weapons; as such, possession or use of the swords is prohibited on university owned or controlled property.

Liberals have descended into absurdity.

Controversial unproven technologies to combat global warming. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s kinda sad watching a once great institution such as MIT sacrifice their credibility at the altar of radical environmentalism:

 A U.N. climate report released on Sunday concludes that there may still be time to limit global warming to an increase of two degrees Celsius or less, which could help the world avoid the worst effects of climate change. But doing so will depend on making extraordinary changes to energy infrastructure at a much faster pace than is happening now, and may require the use of controversial and unproven technologies for pulling greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.

Controversial unproven technologies… Combat global warming… What could possibly go wrong….

MIT Technology Review continues.

Scientists generally agree that avoiding the worst of climate change will require stabilizing levels of key greenhouse gases below 450 parts per million (greenhouse gas levels, including carbon dioxide and other gases such as methane, are already at 430 parts per million). But even with aggressive measures to reduce emissions—investing in energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear power plants, and technology to capture carbon dioxide from fossil fuel power plants—the world is likely to shoot past that amount. As a result, limiting warming to two degrees Celsius might require actually removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, to bring levels back down to 450 parts per million.

Uhhh… “Scientists generally agree?” What happened to, you know, actual proof with actual test data? As far as I’m concerned, the mean temperature in my neck of the woods has remained very constant over the last 75 or so years.

mean temperature  Milford Michigan   Wolfram Alpha

If the entire globe is experiencing catastrophic global warming shouldn’t I see something other than a very (200 years per -1 degree F) slight cooling trend?

What else would you expect from an institute of higher learning that granted Paul Krugman a PhD in economics of all things.

MCT response to lib critic regarding Detroit Public Schools plan to construct urban farm

Seems like a liberal nerve was struck by a recent MCT post illustrating the insanity of the Detroit Public School district plan to create an urban farm at an abandoned school campus. Via MCT:

Detroit Public Schools officials plan Thursday to announce details of a project to turn the sprawling site at the corner of Van Dyke Road and I-94 into a 26.9-acre urban farm.

The announcement will come as part of a real estate developers conference on what to do with Detroit’s dozens of vacant former school buildings.

The school district plans to build eight hoop houses and start growing vegetables on the new Kettering Urban Agricultural Campus in 2014, with later phases to include food processing and distribution to students and the community, officials said Wednesday.

As pointed out here @ MCT this effort is a colossal waste of time and sure money loser for the school district. Given the district’s chronic academic under achievement and the fact Detroit Public Schools have their very own Emergency Financial Manager, you would think most people understand the school district needs to get the basics under control before embarking on an urban farming boondoggle. If you thought that, you would be wrong.

Via MCT Twitter Feed:

“Education should proceed snark.” Really?

How about financial responsibility to taxpayers before embarking on a “hip, green” boondoggle? Or, more importantly, how about teaching children in your district to read and perform basic math before wasting time growing carrots at an abandoned school?

In case you are unaware of the scope of the Detroit Public School district failure to its students, here are a couple of eye-opening statistics outlining 8th grade student performance in math:

  • The percentage of students in Detroit who performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level as 3 percent in 2013. This percentage was not significantly different from that in 2011 (4 percent) and in 2009 (4 percent).
  • The percentage of students in Detroit who performed at or above the NAEP Basic level as 24 percent in 2013. This percentage was not significantly different from that in 2011 (29 percent) and in 2009 (23 percent).

DPS student performance in reading is just as poor:

  • The percentage of students in Detroit who performed at or above the NAEP Proficient level was 9 percent in 2013. This percentage was not significantly different from that in 2011 (7 percent) and in 2009 (7 percent).
  • The percentage of students in Detroit who performed at or above the NAEP Basic level was 46 percent in 2013. This percentage was not significantly different from that in 2011 (43 percent) and in 2009 (40 percent).

Detroit Public Schools (complete with an Emergency Financial Manager in tow) should reconsider their ‘urban farm’ pipe dream. When only 9% of their 8th grade students are considered at a ‘proficient’ reading level and a staggering 3% are considered at a ‘proficient’ level in math, failing to focus all their time and resources on the children in their classrooms is shameful.

So, who precisely, is putting snark ahead of education?

Shock Poll: Only 47% of Americans Say Tax Cuts Help The Economy

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.

Mark Twain


Despite news that President Obama is proposing $55 billion in new government spending and higher taxes in 2015, slightly fewer voters expect their own personal taxes to up during the remainder of his presidency. Most continue to believe increased spending hurts the economy, but for the first time, fewer than half of voters believe tax cuts help the economy.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 37% of Likely U.S. Voters expect their own personal taxes to go up under the Obama administration. That’s down eight points from December and is the lowest level measured since November 2012. Still, just eight percent (8%) expect their taxes to go down under Obama, while 43% expect them to remain about the same. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.

Milton has a nice perspective about how increased spending is, in reality, is a tax increase:.

Therefore, every year as government spending increases, our true taxes increase. Is it any wonder that as more and more money and productivity are siphoned off to fund government spending, our economic growth stagnates.

Milton Friedman must become required reading / viewing because this poll result is completely crazy.

Intern Industrial Complex: Millennials can’t find paying jobs in “meaningful” vocations such as “Record Executive”

Wow, where to begin:

Like other 20-somethings seeking a career foothold, Andrew Lang, a graduate of Penn State, took an internship at an upstart Beverly Hills production company at age 29 as a way of breaking into movie production. It didn’t pay, but he hoped the exposure would open doors.

When that internship proved to be a dead end, Mr. Lang went to work at a second production company, again as an unpaid intern. When that went nowhere, he left for another, doing whatever was asked, like delivering bottles of wine to 27 offices before Christmas. But that company, too, could not afford to hire him, even part time.

A year later, Mr. Lang is on his fourth internship, this time for a company that produces reality TV shows. While this internship at least pays him (he makes $10 an hour, with few perks), Mr. Lang feels no closer to a real job and worries about being an intern forever. “No one hires interns,” said Mr. Lang, who sees himself as part of a “revolving class of people” who can’t break free of the intern cycle. “Is this any way to live?”

I don’t know, spending a fortune at Penn State studying ‘entertainment’ and our intrepid intern wonders why he can’t find a job?

I’ll admit I have no experience in the world of entertainment, but I would expect the only way to break into the entertainment field is either knowing the right person or you are insanely talented and know someone. Obtaining a sheepskin from Penn State isn’t going to introduce you to the right person or suddenly make you insanely talented.

The NYT sob story continues:

 The intern glass ceiling isn’t limited to Hollywood. Tenneh Ogbemudia, 23, who aspires to be a record executive, has had four internships at various New York media companies, including Source magazine and Universal Music Group.

“In any given month, I’d say I apply to at least 300 full-time jobs,” she said, noting these attempts were to no avail. “On the other hand, I can apply to one or two internship positions a month and get a call back from both.”

Call them members of the permanent intern underclass: educated members of the millennial generation who are locked out of the traditional career ladder and are having to settle for two, three and sometimes more internships after graduating college, all with no end in sight.

Again, you need to know the right person, or be insanely talented and know the right person. Or you need to be a connected entrepreneur and start your own record label:

In 1944 brothers Nesuhi and Ahmet Ertegun elected to remain in the USA when their mother and sister returned to Turkey, following the death of their father Munir Ertegun, who had been the first Turkish Ambassador to the United States. The brothers had become ardent fans of jazz and rhythm & blues music, amassing a collection of over 15,000 78rpm records.[4] Ahmet ostensibly stayed on in Washington to undertake post-graduate music studies at Georgetown University but immersed himself in the Washington music scene and decided to enter the record business, then enjoying a resurgence after wartime restrictions on the shellac used in manufacture.[5] He convinced the family dentist, Dr Vahdi Sabit, to invest $10,000 and recruited Herb Abramson, a dentistry student. Abramson had worked as a part-time A&R manager/producer for the jazz label National Records, signing Big Joe Turner and Billy Eckstine, and then founded Jubilee Records, but had no interest in its most successful artists and subsequently sold his share in Jubilee, investing $2500 in the new Atlantic label.

Yep, a kid with a wild dream became an entrepreneur and used his connections to get his vision off the ground. Granted this is very rare, especially in the entertainment world.

The Times tale of woe continues:

That may explain why millennials like Breanne Thomas, 24, an aspiring entrepreneur in Brooklyn, has bounced from internship to internship. Unlike her parents’ generation, it is not enough to find a steady job; she wants to follow the path of Mark Zuckerberg, or at least to get in on the ground floor of the next Facebook, the next Twitter.

“ ‘Success’ doesn’t always mean financial success, but doing something you’re passionate about,” said Ms. Thomas, who graduated with two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Oregon in 2012. “It’s kind of my goal one day to have my own company, to be part of something that is going to do something great. That’s why I’m in tech.”

That kind of ambition comes with a price, however. Competition for salaried high-tech jobs is fierce, so Ms. Thomas has had to settle for internships: three, so far, including at a five-person food-delivery start-up, a beauty products site and, currently, a well-known social-networking app that she asked not to name.

Tech isn’t just working at the next startup trying to emulate Twitter or Facebook. If our tech intern is decent software engineer, what about working in a more traditional industry? Manufacturers are always looking for engineers to develop embedded software.

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Sure, you won’t be able to ride your scooter wearing a ironic t-shirt at Ford Motor Co’s Product Development Center. However, what you will have is a good paying, interesting and steady career.

What is it with authoritarian types and their fascination with “higher education”?

Vladimir Putin 2014 (Via Pravda):

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree aimed at strengthening the human resource capacity of the country. To improve the situation with the lack of specialists in such important for any country professions as engineers, doctors, scientists, and so on, it was decided to stimulate Russian students by sending them to graduate schools abroad. Students who earned bachelor’s degrees in Russian universities may enter leading universities included in the three world rankings (The Times Higher Education, Shanghai University and Quacquarelli Symonds), and be eligible for financial support from the government. There is only one caveat – after graduation they must go home and find a job.

Obama 2011 (Via USA Today – Our version of Pravda):

“In a global economy, putting a college education within reach for every American has never been more important, but it’s also never been more expensive,” Obama said in a statement released Tuesday, a day before he’ll deliver a speech on the topic in Denver.

“That’s why today we’re taking steps to help nearly 1.6 million Americans lower their monthly student loan payments,” Obama said.

The student loan orders are the latest in a campaign Obama aides call “We Can’t Wait,” stressing executive action as the president’s $447 billion jobs bill is held up in Congress.

Also this week, Obama has authorized executive orders designed to help veterans find jobs and make it easier for struggling homeowners to refinance mortgages.

Maybe Obama and Putin think it ‘s a way to fabricate support for more government handouts:

The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living. That’s one thing about a little education. It spoils you for actual work. The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.

Will Rogers

Politicians and government bureaucrats love to leverage the idea that someone owes you a living.