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Pain, Some Gains: House Bill on Education Spending

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A report released on Friday by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center has found that college graduation rates for Latino/a students are less than half the national average. The study was conducted in 2009 and found that only 19.2 percent of Latino/a students between the ages of 25 and 34 had earned a two- or four-year degree, compared with 41 percent nationally. A report by Complete College America released last Tuesday has found that some 40 percent of black full-time students earn a four-year degree in six years and about 46 percent of Latino/a full-time students earn a four-year diploma in six years. When enrolled part time, six-year college completion rates for black and Latino/a students decline significantly, to about 14 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

There is no question that more funding is very welcome for students who are disadvantaged (under Title I) and students with disabilities (who qualify for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). There is also no question that college graduates have higher lifetime earnings; more and more future jobs will require not only a college degree, but a graduate one. Spending on education is an investment that we can’t afford to lose out on.

 

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2:18AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Thanks.

2:27AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

in germany there seems to be a big interest of the "elite" (people who have money, influence,...) that school is divided into different parts: junior high school / secondary school (Hauptschule) and high school / grammar school (Gymnasium). And there it seems that they do not want to get an own studied population, people from all social levels who could go to university... sad, but true.

7:24PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Stupid was as stupid shall be!

7:22AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Cheryl - Couldn't have said it better myself. Now, if only more sheeple would open their eyes and minds to this so that "we the people" can take our country back from the MIC and BigCorporate.

6:05AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Robert H.: ---- It is my belief that the Republicans have overtaken this country and turned it into one huge WAR MACHINE with the military industrial complex being the largest employer in the country. The problems they have caused (encouraged by lack of oversight, etc.) financially is exactly the thing that is making the military look attractive to young teenagers. There is little if anything to help them go to college, parents out of work, cutting back on grants and loans, etc. It is the Republican expectation that kids will turn to the military. It appears that their aim is to control rather than serve the people of the United States AND to CONTROL other countries. They FEAR higher education because Republicans believe that colleges and schools turn out "democrats" and are too liberal. This is why they push for vouchers for private and religious schools. They want their own kind of mind control. It is more than sad. They are letting us turn into a Third World Country and worse.

5:37AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:29PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Really sad. They want a permanent recession with an ignorant slave population that they can control.

7:12PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

@Marilyn L. I think you may be right...Anything that sounds good to the disgruntled public will be coming towards us - and I guess it fools some people. Her record is so abysmal that I don't even listen to her anymore - or anyone else in this benighted state.

5:36PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

You want an explanation..check out...The Boehemian Club....A Very Special Club indeed!

4:19PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Gov. Brewer sent out an e-mail yesterday to, I assume, all Arizonians since I am a registered Democrat She actually sounded like President Obama, writing how important education is for our future. She has some new program she was writing us about. The problem is Ariozna is at the bottom in the list of States regarding education and she has slash the budget here in Arizona for education. So maybe the new Republican work around is to talk like a Democrat on education but act like a Republican and trash funding.

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