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California State Scholars Initiative High School Success

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California Left Out Again

State Scholars Initiative Increase High School Success

I'm just a little peaked off right now and as anyone who reads my postings / articles (complaints) towards U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling may understand why.

"Four new states have been selected for participation in the State Scholars Initiative, a national business-education partnership effort designed to increase the number of students who take a rigorous curriculum in high school, the U.S. Education Department announced today."

WHY! Why is California continually being left out of this program? This program could dramatically increase the very much needed success of failing High School students. The initiative provides up to $300,000 during a two year period to execute academic programs where local businesses form partnerships with students. The partnerships act as mentors and encourages high school students to take much in demand professional career type courses of studies. These courses could make the difference between a teenager deciding to go to college or dropping out and living from one dead end job to anther. So why the bloody $#@! does California not have this program?

California enrolls one out of every eight American public school students. These students represent a sizable portion of America's future workers, parents, voters and civic leaders; so what happens in California's school has major significance for the economy or lack of employable talent. In the 1950s and 1960s, California schools served as a national model. Currently only a handful of high schools can be found on the Best Public Education List that contains 1,200 public high schools (as of the 2006 report).

The press release from the Department of Education stated:

"Students who take rigorous courses in high school stand a far greater chance of succeeding in college and the workplace," said U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. "We congratulate the states of Missouri, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Wyoming for recognizing the potential of this program and the considerable benefit that it can provide young people.""

Ya know... more and more I just don't like her.

Besides the State Scholars Initiative, President Bush earlier this year initiated two new programs. The new legislation sets aside more than $790 million in Academic Competitiveness Grants and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (National SMART grants). Supposedly these grants are to encourage students to pursue rigorous classes in high school and college majors in high demand for the global economy, such as science, mathematics, technology, engineering and foreign languages.

However, statistics have repeatedly shown that the majority of high school students do not have the needed educational competency that college requires. So is this not a case of putting the buggy in front of the horse?

Look how beautiful the buggy is, it's been designed using more than $790 million... Now we just need to figure out how to make it move from point A to point B.

The Academic Competitiveness Grants will be available to students for their first and second academic years of college. Why? Because the first year of college is spent learning the educational proficiency needed for college level courses. The National SMART Grants will help support students in their third and fourth years of school so that they can actually learn the skills of their chosen career.

I know that not all high school students who enter college have below level capabilities, but a large portion of the 1st year college student do not have the needed skills. Furthermore, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling has continually tried to place the entire basket of blame on public school officials and teachers (including colleges).

As I've stated before, her speeches continue to fail in producing any genuine solutions and her speeches continually miss the point and or point the finger at everyone else but her department and the lack of desperately need assistance at some of the worst performing schools. So why am I, yet again disappointed in a decision by Margaret Spelling to overlook (again) one of the nation's biggest producers of our nation's future employment labor market?

I guess I'm insane.

Insanity: Doing the exact same thing each time but expecting different results; each time.

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