Some reasons financial inequality is growing in America

In the foreseeable future, 80% of new jobs will require post-secondary education and as a nation too many of our students drop out of high school. The dropout rates have improved over the last four decades but simply returned to where they were in the 1970’s. Excerpt: Graduation rates improved for every race and ethnicity in 2010, but gaps among racial groups persist. Asian students had the highest graduation rate, with 93 percent of students finishing high school on time. White students followed with an 83 percent graduation rate, Hispanics...

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RSD205 keeps promise to reduce property taxes this year

This year’s property tax rates and levies, which are to be paid in June and September, have just been deemed official by the Winnebago County Clerk’s office and the Rockford School District has kept their promise to reduce the district’s portion of the property taxes. Under the existing Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) or Tax Caps, the district was not legally bound to reduce their levy, could have simply extended its current levy of $170 million without voter approval, and could have further raised the levy to...

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HB1864 could lower future community college tuition hikes

Illinois state code currently requires that each community college must charge students a minimum tuition rate per credit hour based on 85% of the average of the combined rates of all community colleges in the state. Failure to comply with this law could result in the loss of state Equalization Funds, following notification by the Illinois Community College Board, if tuition is not raised a sufficient amount to satisfy the state code. This year, Rock Valley College received $1.3M in state equalization funding – over 2% of the college’s...

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Not even Merry Christmas Charlie Brown safe from atheists

Atheists continue their war on Christmas, Christians or anything religious in the public environment. Now a school in Little Rock was forced to cancel a field trip for students to watch Merry Christmas Charlie Brown in a church. Excerpt: The Little Rock School District received a complaint the other day. Was it someone upset over drugs in school? No. How about bullying? Nope. Maybe an outbreak of cheating? Not even close. In this case, the complaint had to do with the fact that a field trip was scheduled for elementary school students to see...

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Florida’s New Affirmative Action Plan – create an unlevel playing field based on race!

As reported by CBS Tampa, the Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race. Excerpt: The board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent. It also measures by...

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