March 7, 2010

Kansas City Missouri School System Discovers Hard Truth

You cannot spend your way to success. The AP reports that the Kansas City Missouri Public School system is considering closing half of their schools. They currently spend over $15,000 per pupil mainly due to continued decline in enrollment.

And to this day, the district continues to lose students. In the late 1960s enrollment peaked at 75,000, dropped to 35,000 a decade ago and now sits at just under 18,000.

Only about half of Kansas City's elementary school students and about 40 percent of middle and high school students now attend the city's public schools. Many of the other students have left for publicly funded charter schools, private and parochial schools and the suburbs.

The school system's past has a direct connection to Federal policy.

September 20, 2009

President Obama says the ACORN video show that it "deserves to be investigated"

STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?

OBAMA: You know, if -- frankly, it's not really something I've followed closely. I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Both the Senate and the House have voted to cut it off.

OBAMA: You know, what I know is, is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're not committing to -- to cut off the federal funding?

OBAMA: George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It's not something I'm paying a lot of attention to.

Source: 09/20/2009 This Week Transcript

September 19, 2009

Andrew Breitbart Interviewed on "The Savage Nation"

Two Belleville, IL students charged with felonies; Intiails claims based on race are dropped

Good to see the charges of a "racially motivated" incident are gone. Our "post racial" America is still unwilling to look past physical birth traits. I doubt this will ever change.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch files this report.
BELLEVILLE -- Two Belleville West High School students were charged under the juvenile code today with felony counts of aggravated battery stemming from the violent beating of a 17-year-old student on a school bus earlier this week.

The incident grabbed national headlines and incited a heated debate about race when police said the incident, involving a white victim and black assailants, may have been racially motivated. They later recanted that claim.
You can read the comments at the SL P-D and see that we have a long way to go.

I'm sure this is nothing

Source: *gulp*

September 18, 2009

Michael Tomasky at the Guardian gets it wrong, wrong, wrong

Unable to hold back, I let out a little steam on Michael Tomasky of the London Guardian.

Have to tip my hat to Ezra Klein who outsourced his argument to Tomasky. Lazy Friday I suppose. Probably just had a hot date.

NY Governor Paterson orders hold on all ACORN funding

The NY Daily News reports...
ALBANY - In another blow to ACORN, Gov. Paterson has placed a hold Friday on all state contracts with the embattled anti-poverty agency.

Paterson's budget office alerted all state agencies that they are not to move forward with any existing or new contracts with the housing group.