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The California Federation of Teacher’s latest failure.

The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) has produced and released a video animation explaining how rich people don’t pay enough in taxes. Aside from the easy criticism about the tasteless scatological references, there are some serious reasons to criticize the CFT entry into political propaganda. Let’s start with New York City. Granted, not a CFT demesne, but symptomatically endemic of the system in general.

“New York’s overall graduation rate has improved, but nearly a quarter of our students still don’t graduate after four years,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch. “And too many of those students who do graduate aren’t ready for college and careers. Statewide, 74% of the students who started 9th grade in 2007 had graduated after four years, by June 2011. I would be embarrassed if I thought that 26 per cent was “nearly a quarter,” but she goes further. “A quarter of our students” is a singular noun, and therefore would take the verb “doesn’t.” But why quibble? Nobody expects one of the state’s highest education officials to actually be educated, does they?

But let’s look at New York City. While graduation rates for the state’s Big 5 city school districts have generally increased over the past five years they remain, by any thinking persons standards, abysmal. The graduation rate in New York City for the 2007 cohort is 60.9%. (61% for the 2006 cohort)

Let’s see how Chicago compares. With more than 18,500 students graduating from CPS this year, the district predicts its graduation rate will hit 60.6 percent this year for students who were freshmen in the 2007-2008 school year, the highest it’s been since at least 1999. That percentage includes predictions about seniors enrolled in summer school or fifth year programs to fulfill their graduation requirement Even given 5 years, 4 out of 10 students fail to graduate.

In 2012 in Miami-Dade County, according to data released by the state Department of Education, nearly 75 percent of students graduated from high school within four years, a rise of almost 4 percentage points and the biggest single increase since 2003. And this in a state that has a three-year, 18-credit career preparatory program. That’s 18 credits over 4 years. For those of you that graduated from a Florida high school, that’s a staggering 4.5 credits a year.

Now let’s take a look at Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Unified School District, the state’s largest, posted a less than 1 percent decline in its graduation rate, to 61.6 percent. Again, a 4 out of 10 failure rate.
What do the taxpayers pay for this record of failure? And even in today’s world, 60% is still failing, last I looked.

The average teacher salary is $71,236 in the Chicago Public School district, which includes elementary schools and high schools, according to the Illinois Interactive Report Card of Northern Illinois University. In Miami, the number is significantly lower, about $54.000 a year. In LA, like New York City, about $65,000.

Overall spending? Slightly more than 800 billion per year, or almost $8000 per student. Russia spends one-fourth the amount we do, per student, and their math and science scores are virtually identical to ours. Not, by the way, that that is something to be proud of, for either of us. But at least Russia is getting bang, however dismal, for the buck. Japan spends half the amount we do, per student, and yet their literacy rate is identical.

The United States has fallen to “average” in international education rankings released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, according to the AFP.

America has received scores around 500 on a scale that goes up to 1,000: 487 in math, 500 in reading and 502 in science.

The AFP reports,

The three-yearly OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report,which compares the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 70 countries around the world, ranked the United States 14th out of 34 OECD countries for reading skills, 17th for science and a below-average 25th for mathematics.

Is it any wonder that those who can, find other places to educate their young? Private schools and homeschooling both have a significantly better success rate at educating our youth, yet the professional educators have hoodwinked taxpayers into believing that they labor in intolerable conditions, and yet manage to produce, against all odds, the cream of the world’s youth. The truth is markedly different. We support a vast and bloated bureaucracy that, simply put, fails to produce.

One might be tempted to suggest that the CFT spend more time teaching, and less time on cartoons complaining about “tax fairness.” Pretty soon the people footing the bill may decide to demand “educational fairness.” After all, if their charges were better educated, they would probably be better earners, and therefore able to pay a bigger “fair share.”

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